The Court of Appeal in Abuja has scheduled Sunday, November 19, 2023, for the judgment on the appeal filed by Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau State, contesting the election of Governor Caleb Mutfwang from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The announcement of the judgment date was conveyed in a notice issued by one of the court’s bailiffs, Dalhatu Mansur, on Saturday.
The notice outlined the case details: Appeal No. CA/J/EP/PL/GOV/52/2023, involving Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe of the APC, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Governor Mutfwang Caleb Manasseh of the PDP.
It informed the concerned parties of the fixed date for the judgment, slated to be delivered at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, starting at noon.
Muftwang polled 525,299 votes while Goshwe polled 481,370 votes in the March 18 governorship election in the state.
Goshwe challenged the election of Mutfwang at the tribunal, claiming that the governor was not validly nominated and sponsored by his party.
He equally alleged that the election of Mutfwang was not conducted in compliance with the electoral act and he did not win the majority of lawful votes cast during the election.
However, a three-member panel of the tribunal headed by Justice R. Irele-Ifijeh in a unanimous decision, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.
Displeased with the judgement, the APC candidate appealed the tribunal judgment.
He insisted that the governor was not qualified to have contested the election because he was not validly sponsored and nominated by a political party.
He argued that the PDP lacked structure and was not qualified to sponsor any candidate in an election.
The APC candidate also told the Appellate court in his notice of appeal that there was over-voting and non-compliance with the 2022 Electoral Act, during the 2023 governorship election in the state.