Following reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong gave three justices of the Appeal Court the sum of five million dollars to declare the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Nentawe Yiltwatda as the winner of the 2023 governorship poll, Governor Caleb Mutfwang, on Friday, described such reports as baseless and defamatory.
The report which was circulated across social media stated that the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu had met with Lalong after a lawyers conference in Abuja on Thursday and had mandated him to deliver the bribe to the judges.
Governor Mutwang, however, in a statement on Friday condemned the publication and distanced himself from the narrative, and attributed it to the deliberate actions of his detractors, which he said was aimed at sowing discord between him and the judges and other constituted authorities.”
“Reaffirming his unwavering support for the judiciary, Governor Mutfwang warned those disparaging the justices and respected leaders, to desist from their destructive activities immediately or face the severe consequences of their actions”the statement added.
Furthermore, the governor demanded thorough investigations by security agencies to identify and apprehend those responsible for the libelous publication.