The All Progressives Congress (APC) congress appeal committee for Plateau State has dismissed the petition against the reelection of Latep Dabang as the state chairman of the party.
The Chairman of the committee, Babatunde Monday, while speaking with Journalists shortly after the sitting of the committee, said the petition by Johnson Podar lacked merit.
“We will write and summit our report to the national secretariat, but I can assure you that from our findings, the petitioner (Johnson Podar) has no case,” he said.
“But if he so wishes, he can take his case further.”
Mr. Babatunde said the petitioner was not qualified to contest in the election because he is not a registered member of the APC from the ward level.
The three-member appeal panel said Mr. Podar’s name is not on the party’s register for his ward, stressing that the membership card he presented before the committee was of doubtful validity.
Reacting to the resolution, Mr Podar accused the committee of bias and vowed to take his case to the national Secretariat of the party in Abuja.
The sitting of the committee was at the state secretariat of the party was almost disrupted by violence, but for the police who were drafted to the venue to maintain law and order.
Mr Podar and his supporters later drove out of the venue in anger.
In an interview at his office, the reelected chairman commended the committee for a job well-done. Mr Dabang pledged that his second term will witness more progress for the party in the state.
He called on his opponent to accepted the verdict of the committee and work hard to develop the party to win future elections.
“I have nothing against Jonhson Podar as a person, what the appeal committee did is in accordance with rules of our party,” the chairman said.