Plateau: Appeal Court upholds Governor Lalong’s Election

Omolola Fadile, Jos


The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos Plateau State, North Central Nigeria has affirmed Governor Simon Lalong of the Ruling All Progressives Congress as the winner of the March 9 Governorship elections held  in the State.

In a judgment, led by a five man Committee delivered by Justice A.O Otisi, All issues in the appeal  after thorough scrutiny have being resolved in favour of the respondent Governor  Simon Lalong.

The case has therefore being dismissed for lack of merit.

Speaking during an interview with Journalists after the judgement, Council to the People’s Democratic Party, Edward Pwajok and his lawyers, said they are not satisfied with the Judgement of the Court of Appeal and will proceed to Supreme Court.

“According to the INEC law, ones you give a false information on the form CF001 given to you by INEC, you are automatically disqualified and even the Judges attested to the conflicting names so we will pursue the case to the final court,” he said.

Counsel to the All Progressives Congress, Barrister Garba Pwul described the victory as good for the people of Plateau State and called on the peace loving indigenes to maintain law and order.

“You heard for yourself how the judges dismissed the various cases for lack of merit, both at the Tribunal and Appeal court, the story was the same. Their petition lacked merit and we are very pleased with the judgement.”

Meanwhile, Governor of the State, Simon Lalong described his victory at the appeal court as yet another collective victory for the entire people of Plateau State and a validation of the will of the people in the 2019 governorship election.

“I am not surprised by the court verdict as all the while, I have never doubted the validity of the people’s mandate reposed in me and the APC.  This is not a victory for me but for the entire people of Plateau State who have demonstrated faith in our Rescue Mission. Like I have repeatedly said, I am Governor for everyone irrespective of party, tribe, religious or any other affiliation. I am ready to carry everyone along.”