Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang has described the ruling of an appeals court that fired him as a temporary setback.
The governor stated in a statement issued through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, that the “temporary setback” will not deter him from placing the state on the path of unity, peace, and growth.
The governor urged residents of the state and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to keep calm and promised them that his mandate would be safeguarded and protected as long as God remained on the throne.
According to the governor, he has asked his legal team to submit an appeal to the Supreme Court.
“He expressed high optimism that the mandate overwhelmingly given to him by the people of Plateau State would be restored,” the statement said in part.
Meanwhile, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have beaten their drums in celebration of the appellate court’s decision to dismiss Mutfwang.
On Sunday, party supporters gathered along the Tudun Wada Ring Road in the state’s Jos North Local Government Area to celebrate with musical instruments blasting danceable tunes.
The lead Justice, Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a Certificate of Return to the APC candidate, Nentawe Goshwe, in her verdict on Sunday.
Justice Williams-Dawodu overturned the Tribunal’s decision, which upheld Governor Mutfwang’s election, calling it “very incompetent.”