In a pivotal moment for Plateau State’s political future, the Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal is set to render its judgment today, Friday, September 22, 2023. The tribunal will rule on the contentious petition brought forth by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its gubernatorial candidate, Nentawe Yiltwatda, following the closely watched March 18, 2023, gubernatorial election.
Governor Caleb Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious in the election, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Governor Mutfwang secured 525,299 votes, besting his closest rival, Yiltwatda, who garnered 481,370 votes.
The anticipation surrounding this judgment has reached a fever pitch, especially in the city of Jos and its surroundings. Residents are holding their breath as they await the tribunal’s decision.
The State High Court complex, the venue for the tribunal, is now a focal point, with local recreational centers ordered to remain closed today. Security measures have been significantly bolstered to ensure a secure and orderly process during this critical juncture in Plateau State’s political landscape.
This judgment follows the recent dismissal of a petition filed by the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Alfred Dabwan, against Governor Mutfwang. Dabwan sought to nullify the election, alleging the exclusion of his party’s logo from the ballot paper during the March 18 polls.
As Plateau State holds its breath, the outcome of the tribunal’s decision will undoubtedly shape the state’s political trajectory for years to come. Stay tuned for further updates as this high-stakes drama unfolds.