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Appeal Court judgment a temporary setback, says Mutfwang

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… urges patience, calm from PDP supporters

From Jude Owuamanam, Jos

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has described the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which nullified his election as a temporary setback.

Mutfwang spoke just as the police in the state warned that they will deal decisively with anybody who disturbs the peace of the state in the aftermath of the court ruling.

The governor, in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, said that the ruling will not deter him from repositioning the state on the path of unity, peace and progress.

He expressed strong optimism that the mandate overwhelmingly given to him by the people of Plateau State would be restored, as he has instructed his legal team to file an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Mutfwang in a statement admonished citizens of the state and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to remain calm and assured them that as long as God remains on the throne, the mandate of the people will be preserved and protected.

He reiterated his commitment to the rule of law and assured the people that there is light at the end of the tunnel, as he has unwavering faith in the judiciary and the constitution of Nigeria.

Governor Mutfwang concluded with a strong appeal to supporters, as well as citizens of the state to maintain law and order. He affirmed that Plateau will be victorious to the glory of God and reassured of his commitment to continually to serve the state with dedication and integrity.

Meanwhile the police said that they received credible intelligence which revealed that some hoodlums and criminal- minded individuals are planning to disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed in the State.

Commissioner of Police, CP Okoro J. Alawari, warned such persons to abort their criminal intentions which have the potential of causing chaos and breach of peace in the State.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Alfred Alabo, the commissioner urged all members of the public to respect the verdict of the court, maintain calm across the State and refrain from any actions that could incite violence or cause harm to lives and property of the citizenry.

The CP further implored all aggrieved parties to do the right thing by seeking redress in a higher Court and allow peace prevail in the State.

The commissioner further appealed to parents, guardians and religious and traditional leaders to caution their wards, subjects and followers against participating in any form of misconduct that may disrupt the peace of the State, as the Command will not hesitate to deal decisively with any one found culpable in accordance with the relevant laws.

He expressed the commitment of the police to ensure that all citizens go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation.


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