In a decisive ruling, the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal based in Jos, North Central Nigeria, has upheld the election victory of Governor Caleb Mutfwang, representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The unanimous judgment, delivered on Friday, concluded that the petitioner’s claims lacked merit.
Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi, who read the judgment, dismissed all three grounds presented by the petitioner, Nentawe Yilwatda, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The electoral journey that led to this decision began on March 20, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer for Plateau State, Prof. Idris Amali, declared Caleb Mutfwang as the winner with 525,299 votes, while Nentawe Yilwatda secured 481,370 votes.
The election results revealed that the PDP triumphed in ten local government areas (LGAs), which included Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Lantang North, Langtang South, Riyom, Mikang, Mangu, Jos East, Qua’an Pan, and Pankshin.
Meanwhile, the APC claimed the majority of votes in seven LGAs: Jos East, Kanke, Kanam, Pankshin, Shendam, Wase, and Jos North.
With the tribunal’s resounding affirmation of Caleb Mutfwang’s election victory, the Governor can continue his mandate, ensuring stability and governance in Plateau State.