Daniel Bwala, a spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party’s PDP Presidential Campaign Council, predicted that the Court of Appeal’s ruling in the Ebonyi governorship contest will follow the legal precedent for Caleb Mutfwang’s dismissal as governor of Plateau State.
This was said by Bwala during an interview on Politics Today on Channels Television.
The PDP spokesperson expressed regret at Mutfwang’s dismissal due to an incorrect nomination, stating that the governor had been properly nominated in the party’s primary.
Bwala asserted that the ruling party’s Francis Nwifuru, who won the election on March 18, was not eligible to run in the elections and that Ebonyi State was facing comparable legal problems.
“It should also be stated that APC scored the same own goal in Ebonyi State if the Appeal Court has declared that PDP scored an own goal in Plateau,” he stated.
“The Appeal Court’s decision regarding the case in Ebonyi State should be predictable if we apply the principles of the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Plateau State, unless the Appeal Court wishes to contradict itself.”
The PDP and its candidate, Ifeanyi Odii, are attempting to have the election of Francis Nwifuru declared void in Ebonyi State due to noncompliance with the Electoral Act 2022.
Because the governor was still a member of the PDP at the time of the election, Odii contends that he was not eligible to run on the APC platform.
Remember that the Plateau governor was fired by the Appeal Court in a decision rendered on Sunday by a three-judge bench chaired by Justice Elphreda Williams-Dawodu.
The All Progressives Congress’s Nentawe Goshwe was given a new certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the court ordered the INEC to revoke the one that had been given to Mutfwang.
The court ruled that Section 285(2) of the Nigerian Constitution is violated by the PDP’s nomination of the governor.