Protest Rocks Plateau After Appeal Court Verdict Sacking PDP’s Gov Caleb Mutfwang

Protest Rocks Plateau After Appeal Court Verdict Sacking PDP’s Gov Caleb Mutfwang

  • Youths in Jos, the state capital of Plateau, have staged a peaceful protest following the appellate court's sack of Governor Caleb Mutfwang
  • Nigeria's National Judicial Council (NJC) have been urged to intervene in what they described as "injustice."
  • Governor Mutfwang becomes the fourth governor from the opposition party to be sacked by the appellate court journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil society, courts, and metro

Jos, Plateau - Following the appeal court verdict that sacked Caleb Mutfwang as governor of Plateau state, some residents of Jos, the state capital, rejected the judgment and called for a review.

In a unanimous decision on Sunday, November 19, a three-member panel of justices in the appellate court declared that Mutfwang was not adequately nominated and sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the March 18 gubernatorial election.

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Caleb Mutfwang, Plateau, Appeal Court
The appellate court sacked Governor Mutfwang on Sunday, November 19. Photo Credit: Caleb Mutfwang
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The court ruled that all votes credited to him and the PDP were considered invalid.

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Despite the court's decision, residents in Jos staged a peaceful protest yesterday, denouncing the judgment as an act of "injustice."

Youths demand review of appeal court judgment

According to The Guardian, Philemon Jangkam, the youth leader of Angwan Rukuba Junction, said:

“We started noticing the injustice right from the court of appeal judgments that sacked Isaac Kwallu, Simon Mwadkon and other lawmakers.
"We the youth of this community are not happy and we will not accept this judgment. We will continue to protest until this judgment and the ones that sacked our National Assembly members are reviewed.”

Samson Iliya criticised the ruling, viewing it as a deliberate undermining of the people's choice.

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He said:

“We call on the NJC to review all the judgments so as to redeem the sinking image of the judiciary.
"We massively voted for the governor and the sacked lawmakers; they are the choices of the majority of Plateau people, and we will not allow the judiciary to decide who should lead us.”

Meanwhile, a youth named Pankyes Yanksat from Gyero Junction suggested that Mutfwang challenge the Supreme Court judgment immediately.

Yanksat expressed confidence that Mutfwang's mandate could be reinstated, urging the judges at the apex court to base their decision on the case's merits and set aside any emotional considerations.

Nigerians react as Court of Appeal sacks Caleb Mutfwang as Plateau governor

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal's decision to sack Caleb Muftwang as Plateau state governor has sparked diverse reactions on social media.

The court nullified Muftwang's election, ordering INEC to withdraw his certificate of return and issue it to Nentawe Goshwe of the APC.

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Some Nigerians express concern about the perceived influence of the APC on the judiciary, citing similar instances in Kano and Zamfara, while others argue that the judgment aligns with past decisions.


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