The Supreme Court has reversed the sack of Caleb Mutfwang, affirming him as Governor of Plateau State, on grounds of perversion, noting that the issue of the primary election that produced Caleb Mutfwang was outside the jurisdiction of the lower court.
On November 19, the court of appeal, Abuja sacked Mutfwang as governor of the state, stating that the PDP violated the court order by conducting congress in only five LGAs out of the 17 Local Government Areas in the state, thereby nullifying the results.
But a five-member panel led by Justice Emmanuel Agim reversed the decision of the appellate court, pointing out that the validity of nomination and sponsorship is not a valid ground to void an election.
He held that the Court of Appeal lacked jurisdiction, as the petitioners were not members of the Peoples Democratic Party and the court has no locus to challenge the party’s primary election, which he described as an internal matter.
The Presiding Justice, John Okoro also lamented that a lot of people have suffered because of the wrongful judgments of the appellate court which had sacked several legislators who won elections under the platform of the PDP.