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CSOs Seek Appeal Court Justices’ Probe For Sacking Plateau Lawmakers

Four Civil Society Organisations have called on the National Judicial Council to probe the Appeal Court president, Monica Dongban-Mensem, and the justices involved in the Plateau State election matter.

The justices are Oluwayemisi Williams-Dawodu, Abdulaziz Waziri, and Okon Abang, – all justices of the Court of Appeal.

At the appellate court, no fewer than 16 lawmakers who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 polls in the state were sacked.

The court predicated its decision on the failure of the PDP to comply with an order of court, directing it to conduct ward and local government congresses before nominating its candidates for the various elective posts.

The governor of the state, Caleb Muftwang, was sacked for the same reason until he was reinstated by the Supreme Court last Friday.

The apex court, however, faulted the decision of the appellate court, describing it as perverse.

Muftwang, on Friday, while speaking to State House correspondents after paying a courtesy visit to President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, said he was exploring political and legal solutions to address the saga involving the sacking of the PDP lawmakers in the state House of Assembly by the Appeal Court over pre-election matters.

The CSOs, under the name ‘Open Justice Alliance,’ in a petition on Friday alleged that the justices contravened the established legal principles with their actions.

 

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