Yusuf Gagdi, a member of the House of Representatives who represents the Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, has called the recent ruling by the Plateau State Governorship Election Tribunal a minor setback in the larger political landscape.
Gagdi, who is also the chairman of the House Committee on Navy, highlighted that the election result was only one stage of the process and that the fight for justice was far from done.
According to a national daily, the Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal confirmed Caleb Mutfwang as the state’s legitimately elected governor on Friday.
The All Progressives Congress and its candidate for governor, Nentawe Yiltwatda, had petitioned the tribunal to challenge the election results, arguing that Mutfwang was not legitimately nominated by the PDP and that there had been overvoting in several regions. The panel had denied the appeal.
However, Gagdi added in a statement on Saturday that despite the judgement being a short-term setback, it did not make him lose confidence in the legal system.
Despite the difficulties and problems surrounding the election, the federal senator urged supporters to maintain composure and show civility, highlighting the court as the last holdout of hope for the average person.
He said “The judgment today was a continuation of the electoral process which shall climax at the Supreme Court. We believe in the judiciary to right whatever wrong we are convinced was perpetrated in the election that deprived us of victory.
“The verdict of the tribunal is one of the three stages available for us to seek redress. It was a minor setback that neither dwindled nor extinguished my trust in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
“While we await the position of the party leaders and our principal on the next line of action, I appeal to our supporters not to despair, but remain committed to the ideals of the Generation Next mantra and behave in ourselves with utmost decorum as it is usually in our character.
“The best is saved for the last! Because it is not yet over until it is over. We are optimistic of a better outcome at the appellate courts,” he said.