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Tribunal Affirms Mutfwang as Plateau Governor

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Plateau State has upheld the election of Caleb Mutfwang as the governor of the state.

The tribunal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the election of Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, September 22, 2023.

The tribunal held that the PDP held a valid congress in the state.

The tribunal also held that the issue of nomination and sponsorship of a candidate is a solely pre-election matter.

The APC governorship candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda, had challenged the declaration of Mutfwang by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 18 gubernatorial election in Plateau State.

On March 20, the INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Idris Amali, announced Mutfwang as the winner of the poll having scored 525,299 votes, while Yilwatda polled 481,370 votes.

According to the results, the PDP won in 10 Local Government Areas, including Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Lantang North, Langtang South, Riyom, Mikang, Mangu, Jos East, Qua’an Pan, and Pokkos.

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