Presidency Absolves Tinubu, APC Over Sacking Of Plateau Governor

By Damilare Adeleye

The Presidency has disassociated President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress from the Appeal Court judgment that nullified the election of Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State.

This is as the Presidency claimed that the “illegal committee” set up by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to conduct primary elections in the State before the general elections in February was the cause of the nullification.

The president’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, stated this on X platform (formerly Twitter), saying that the presidency and the judiciary should be exonerated from the negligence of PDP.

Recall that the Court of Appeal on Sunday set aside the judgement of the governorship election tribunal that upheld the election of Mutfwang as governor of the state.

The court declared Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election while ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a fresh certificate of return to him.

Onanuga responded by recalling how the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost Zamfara State in 2019 due to unlawful primaries.

Posting on X with the title: “The avoidable fate of Caleb Mutfwang,” Onanuga wrote: “To those crying and complaining about the judgment of the Appeal Court in nullifying the Election of Governor Caleb Mutfwang, they seem to have forgotten history so quickly.

“In 2019, all Zamfara elected officials and members of the APC, from governor to state and National Assembly lawmakers lost their posts because the APC failed to carry out legally valid primaries.

“The PDP, failing to learn from history, repeated the same illegality, using an illegal caretaker committee to conduct primaries, despite a court order. Blame the PDP for the electoral setback, not the APC, the judiciary, INEC and President Tinubu.

“Non-compliance with the electoral law and the constitution is also at the root of the nullification of the election of Kano governor, Abba Yusuf. Those blaming the judiciary and being emotional about the ruling should face reality. Yusuf was sacked based on the law. I believe we all want our country to be guided by the rule of law.”