Daniel Bwala, spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 election, said the ruling on the Ebonyi State governorship election is predictable if the Court of Appeal follows the principle of removing Plateau State Governor Caleb Muthofan. He claimed that. .
Mr. Bwala appeared on Channels Television on Monday, insisting that Governor Caleb was duly nominated in the party’s primaries, and lamented that the governor was removed for improper nomination.
DAILY POST recalls that the Court of Appeal on Sunday removed Governor Plateau in a judgment handed down by a three-member panel headed by Justice Elfreda Williams-Dawodu.
The court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Mr Muthofan and issue a new certificate of return to Mr Nentawe Goshwe of the All Progressives Congress (APC). .
The court held that the appointment of the governor by the PDP violates Article 285(2) of the Nigerian Constitution.
Speaking on the issue, Bwala said Ebonyi State has a similar issue in court, arguing that the ruling party’s Francis Nwihuru, who won the March 18 election, has no standing to contest the poll. did.
According to him, “If the Court of Appeal says that PDP scored an own goal in Plateau, it should say that APC also scored the same own goal in Ebonyi State.”
“If we apply the principles of the Plateau State Court of Appeal decision, the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Ebonyi State case should be predictable, unless the Court of Appeal wishes to contradict itself. ”
In Ebonyi State, the PDP and its candidate Ifeanyi Odi are seeking the annulment of the election of Mr. Francis Nwihuru, citing violations of the 2022 Electoral Act.
Mr. Odi maintained that the governor was not entitled to contest the election on the APC platform as he was still a member of the PDP at the time of the election.