Nigeria’s Plateau physically challenge protests, warns A’Court against sacking gov Mutfwang

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Physically challenged women and circular women in Nigeria’s northern Plateau State,  on Wednesday blocked a popular roundabout in Jos the city capital where they protested against the Appeal Court judgement that sacked all the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), National Assembly Members representing the State in Abuja.

The women who comprises both Christians and Muslims said the worries that topped their protest is the forthcoming Appeal Court ruling that will deliver verdict between the case of Governor Caleb Mutfwag of the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC), governorship candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda in the Plateau 2023 governorship elections.

Speaking during the protest, the PDP women leader in the State, Mrs Martina Dakur said the Appeal Court should reinstate all the sacked lawmakers for the sake of Justice and should as well stop entertaining pre election matters and base its judgement on the evidence before it that Governor Mutfwag and all PDP lawmakers won overwhelmingly at the March 18th 2023 general elections.

Dakur told the Appeal Court not to destabilize the fragile peace currently being enjoyed in the State.

However most of the placards carried by the women have inscriptions like ‘The ballot is supreme’, ‘Do not kill our democracy’, ‘PDP is alive’, ‘Return people’s mandate’, ‘We want justice’; amongst many others.

Also speaking, the former Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe accused the APC of using the Appeal court to force unpopular candidates who were rejected at the poll by the people during the 2023 general elections.

Ochekpe said the APC wants to force itself into power through the back door.

Recall that this medium had reported that the Appeal Court had held that the PDP was wrong not to have obeyed subsisting orders asking that a new congress should be conducted in the state.

According to the court: “Section 287 of the Nigerian Constitution said all are expected to observe orders of the court.

“The order was in the realm. It is binding on all persons. It is immutable and until it is set aside it must be complied with”, Justice Williams-Dawodu of the Appeal Court had said in the verdict that sacked some Plateau State National Assembly members.


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