The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the Certificate of Return to Plateau State Governor-elect, Barr Caleb Mutfwang, and Deputy Governor-elect, Ngo Josephine Piyo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after being declared winner of the February 25th governorship polls.
The presentation was made by Resident Electoral Commissioner Plateau State, Dr Oliver Agundu and Honourable National Commissioner, Mohammad Haruna Kudu, who simultaneously presented the certificates on Thursday, 30th March at the State INEC Headquarters along Miango Road, Jos.
They noted that those receiving the certificate had satisfied the requirements of the law and that INEC had done its utmost to ensure free, fair, and credible elections where the votes of the people were counted.
There were also presentations of certificates of return to the 24 House of Assembly Members-elect. Of the 24, 16 members were elected under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), 7 under the APC, and 1 member-elect under the platform of YPP.
Shortly after the presentation, Plateau Governor-elect Caleb Mutfwang expressed gratitude to the people and assured them that he and his team would provide inclusive leadership in the state.
An elated Mutfwang praised INEC for distinguishing itself and its honorable conduct during the election and called on his opponents to join him in serving the Plateau people and to avoid wasting time and energy on litigations as his election was a collective voice of the people carrying both their hope and aspiration.
He said “INEC on the Plateau had acquitted itself honourably. While it is true that along the line some of the ad hoc staff who tried to provide room for the process to be sabotaged in one way or the other, but the leadership of INEC on the Plateau stood its ground, following the due process of law and that is why today it has concluded the process that has led to rejoicing across the land.”
Mutfwang promised to work together with Members-elect to bring greatness and prosperity to the Plateau people as he emphasized the need for him and his team to hit the ground running from May 29.