Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana and former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, have both condemned the decision of the Appeal court to sack the governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang, and two others, News About Nigeria reports.
Falana, on Sunday, during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme, expressed his dissatisfaction with the judgement delivered by the appeal court and asked that the judgement be reevaluated.
The appeal court ruled that Abba Yusuf, governor of Kano State, Dauda Lawal, governor of Zamfara state, and Caleb Mutfwang, governor of Plateau State, who had been declared winners of the March 2023 governorship elections, be dismissed as governors of their respective states.
He noted that in Plateau State, the judgement of the High Court that primaries be conducted, was disobeyed, and in Kano, the people were told that voters can be punished.
According to him, it was a wrong policy to sanction voters for the mistake of electoral officers, adding that about 165,000 votes were declared invalid because the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had erred by not putting the commission’s stamp on them.
He, therefore, urged the Supreme Court to review the issues of non stamping and sanction the officials who erred.
Similarly, the former senator of Kaduna, Shehu Sani, condemned the Appeal Court’s judgement, describing it as an unaccompanied and unfortunate one.
He added that the will of the people of Plateau State had been stolen in broad daylight.
Speaking in a post on his X account on Sunday, hours after the appellate court’s verdict, the ex-senator noted that the bench is becoming the coffin of democracy.