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Court of Appeal Judge Gives Reason for Dismissing Plateau Governor, 16 PDP Lawmakers

Justice Abdulaziz Waziri of the Court of Appeal has explained the ruling that resulted in the resignation of Plateau State PDP lawmakers in both the national and state assemblies, as well as Governor Caleb Mutfwang.

Speaking on Tuesday, December 12, during the Law Week 2023 in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, the judge alleged that people criticizing the court's decision are missing the point.

He emphasized that the PDP had no formal party organization at the time of the presentations of the candidates. The judge emphasized that the lawsuit against the PDP in Plateau State was not a pre-election issue because he was part of the panel that made the decision.

Judge Waziri said: “Some people may say it was a primary, we agree with that. As for qualification issues, elections can be either pre- or post-electoral issues, depending on what you mean by qualification. The issue in Plateau State is not necessarily a pre-election matter.

“There was an existing court order from the High Court of Plateau State that the PDP should hold their conventions on that day. They ignored the order of that court, they appealed to the Court of Appeal, they were able to vacate the decision of the lower court, they appealed to the Supreme Court, they failed to pursue the appeal and that appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

“So the thing as it stood then is that they had no structures on the ground. So every candidate they put forward would have no place in the eyes of the law, so that's what happened.

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