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Plateau PDP Lawmakers Go Back to Court in Bid for Reinstatement

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A group of 16 PDP members who were dismissed from the Plateau State House of Assembly have taken their case to the Court of Appeal. They are seeking to overturn a previous ruling that invalidated their elections.

The Court of Appeal had previously nullified the election of all the PDP lawmakers in the State Assembly due to the party’s purported lack of structure to sponsor candidates in the election.

These sacked legislators are asserting their membership in the House, citing the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming the election of Governor Caleb Mutfwang, whose case was also nullified at the Court of Appeal, as vindication.

They have submitted a motion on notice, with suit No: CA/J/33M/2024 and CA/J/31/M/2024, arguing that they should be reinstated into the House pursuant to order 6 rules 1 of the Court of Appeal, 2021.

Their counsel, Garba Paul, SAN, contended that both the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal lacked jurisdiction over the subject matter and presented their reliefs, based on the fact that the judgement of the Court delivered on the 24th day of November, 2023, is a nullity.

They are seeking “An order setting aside the decision of this Honourable court in appeal No. CA/J/EP/PL/SHA/62/2023, Dagogot Karyt Owen & Anor Vs Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), & Ors on 24th November, 2023, per E.O Williams-Dawodu, Abdul-Azez Waziri and E.O Abang, JCA.” According to them, the Supreme Court judgement validates the nomination and sponsorship of Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, and thus the Court of Appeal should set aside its earlier judgement.

It is worth noting that the lawmakers had previously tried to resume their roles in the House, which almost caused a political crisis in the state.

Currently, the APC members, who were beneficiaries of the Court of Appeal judgement, have yet to be sworn in by the Speaker of the House, Gabriel Dewan Kudagbena, who cited conflicting court orders as the reason for his decision.

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