Nigeria: Political Standoff and Security Crisis Unfold in Plateau State

Nigeria: Political Standoff and Security Crisis Unfold in Plateau State

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

A resurgence of political turmoil has rocked Plateau State, marked by a tense standoff between armed police forces and 16 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were recently ousted from the State House of Assembly by the Court of Appeal. The clash unfolded as the sacked lawmakers attempted to attend a plenary session.

Speaker Gabriel Dewan, however, barred the 16 lawmakers from entering the chamber, leading to a heightened state of tension at the Rayfield Old Government House. Policemen and security operatives fortified the premises, preventing the lawmakers from gaining access to the Assembly.

The Court of Appeal had invalidated the election of these lawmakers, asserting that the PDP lacked the necessary structure to field candidates in the 2023 elections in Plateau State. Subsequently, the court declared the 16 All Progressives Congress (APC) members, who secured the second position in the elections, as the winners.

Despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that overturned the Appeal Court’s decision to sack Governor Caleb Mutfwang, the sacked lawmakers insist the apex court’s judgment validates their status as authentic House members.

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