The Governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Plateau Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda has vowed to challenge his defeat in court alleging that the polls were rigged.
Dr. Nentawe made this statement when a group of party faithful and loyalists paid him a courtesy visit in his home, shortly after the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the PDP, Barr Caleb Mutfwang winner of the March 18th polls.
Dr. Nentawe was quoted as saying “We are sincere in our hearts and our votes, We didn’t rig anywhere, but in two local Governments they (PDP) came with a difference of over one hundred thousand and we knew it was rigged”
We reported low voter turnout and yet the votes increased with over 30 percent, so how can low voter turnout become high voting turnout? We will have BVAS records and challenge it in court and collect our mandate” He said.
Nentawe urged his supporters to remain hopeful and stand by him. he called on them to be civil and not insult anyone but just to stand by the mandate of the party in Plateau.
Dr. Nentawe was a former Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue state who only last year resign his position to contest for governorship under the platform of the APC.
He emerged as the party Gubernatorial flagbearer under circumstances that many party faithful describe as manipulative amongst whom was the Gurber candidate of the Labour Party, Dr Patrick Dakum who later decamped and finished 3rd in the polls.
The APC candidate lost with 481,370 against the candidate of the PDP, Barr Caleb Mutfwang who polled a total of 525,299.
Labour Party’s, Dr Patrick Dakum who finished a far 3rd with 60,310 votes, has since called the candidate of the PDP to congratulate him.