Special Adviser to Nigeria’s President on Information and Strategy,Babyo Onanuga has reacted to the blame game over the sack of Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Sunday.
Onanuga, said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should be blamed for the sack of its governor, Mutfwang and not the president or the judiciary.
He questioned the rationale for the complaints over Mutfwang’s sack recalling how in 2019, Zamfara lost to PDP on grounds of invalid primaries.
The presidential aide said that the PDP conducted its primaries in Plateau using an illegal caretaker despite a court order.
Taking to X with the title: “The avoidable fate of Caleb Mutfwang,” Onanuga wrote: “To those crying and complaining about the judgment of the Appeal Court in nullifying the Election of Governor Caleb Mutfwang, they seem to have forgotten history so quickly.
“In 2019, all Zamfara elected officials and members of the APC, from governor to state and National Assembly lawmakers lost their posts because the APC failed to carry out legally valid primaries.
“The PDP, failing to learn from history, repeated the same illegality, using an illegal caretaker committee to conduct primaries, despite a court order.
“Blame the PDP for the electoral setback, not the APC, the judiciary, INEC and President Tinubu.
“Non-compliance with the electoral law and the constitution is also at the root of the nullification of the election of Kano governor, Abba Yusuf. Those blaming the judiciary and being emotional about the ruling should face reality. Yusuf was sacked based on the law. I believe we all want our country to be guided by the rule of law”
The Appeal Court had nullified the judgement of the governorship election petition tribunal that upheld the election of Mutfwang as governor of the state and
declared Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election .
The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to issue a fresh certificate to Goshwe .