Gov Mutfwang Calls for Justice Over Court of Appeal’s Sacking of Lawmakers

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has called for justice and fairness for all lawmakers in the state elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, who were sacked by the Court of Appeal.

The governor earlier had his March 18, 2023 election annulled by the court but reversed by the Supreme Court.

He, therefore, harped on the need for equity in the matter.

Mutfwang was reacting to the situation while addressing newsmen when he visited the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Sonny Echono, in Abuja.

The governor thanked Nigerians for their concerns on the matter and underscored the need for justice, fairness and equity in the delivery of judgment.

The Court of Appeal’s sacking of all state and federal lawmakers of the PDP in Plateau State is generating public reactions.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had in November 2023 sacked all 16 members of the PDP in the Plateau State House of Assembly, five from the House of Representatives and two senators from the state.

Their sack was over a pre-election matter bordering on alleged disobedience to a court order and lack of political structure.

In the same vein, the appellate court had sacked Mutfwang on the same grounds.

However, only the governor was lucky enough as the Supreme Court last week reversed the decision of the Appeal Court and upheld his victory.

Mutfwang said: “We are particularly grateful for the concerns Nigerians have shown.

“At the moment, there is no clear-cut answer to the question, but I can tell you that discussions are ongoing.

“So it is work in progress.

“And when we are done, I am sure Nigerians will get to know the path we have chosen to take.

“At the end of it, this concern for justice is well noted and I pray that it becomes one of the values for our national existence.

“That if in every facet of life, we insist on justice, fairness and equity, I believe Nigeria will become a great country.”

Earlier, the TETFund Executive Secretary had commended the level of completion of projects in the state.

Echono said the five research proposals in Plateau State would benefit from the Federal Government’s approved N5.1 billion research grants.