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We will Go On Appeal to Retrieve this Madate - JT Useni Assures Plateau People

Following the judgement of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Jos on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the PDP Plateau Governorship Candidate Senator (Lt. Gen)  Jeremiah Timbut Useni has been fully briefed by his Legal Team on the outcome of his petition.

He has expressed his appreciation to his  legal experts and said he maintains his confidence in them.

He has also expressed confidence in the Nigerian judiciary to do substantial justice.

Consequently, General Useni is convinced that there are many grounds to appeal the judgement.  He has therefore instructed the legal team to take all processes with immediate effect and proceed on appeal against today’s judgement.

Gen. Useni is further encouraged by the fact that the Supreme Court had last week upheld his interlocutory appeal against a Court of Appeal judgement which expunged the testimonies of 21 of his witnesses earlier considered by the tribunal. Unfortunately, the tribunal did not avert its mind to the Supreme Court judgement which in turn affected today's judgement.

 In addition, the bulk of the tribunal’s findings are in fact in favour of his petition, for example, the fact that Governor Simon Bako Lalong did indeed give false information on oath. But surprisingly, the tribunal did not give any consequential order to nullify his election.

Gen Useni appeals for calm among supporters and party faithful, and  assures that he will resolutely deploy legal instruments to retrieve the mandate that the people of Plateau freely gave him in the polls.

He appeals to the people to keep hope alive.

Yiljap Abraham

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