The All Progressives Congress (APC), Plateau State Chapter has appealed to its members across the state to remain calm, peaceful and law-abiding to avoid any violent activities over the Gubetribunal Tribunal ruling against the party candidate, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe.
This was noted in a statement on Friday by the State Publicity Secretary, Sylvanus Namang, stressing, though the Tribunal judgment did not turn out in the party's favour, "as true democrats, we still believe and have strong faith in the judiciary.
"We urge our members and supporters never to lose hope as this is just the first leg of the processes of a three-leg process.
"The APC in the state has never been under any illusion that the journey towards reclaiming its mandate at the Gubernatorial Tribunal is going to be an easy task. We knew from the onset that it would be a painstaking and tortuous one.
"We are, through our very capable team of lawyers, just as they have already indicated, going to test the strength and veracity of today's judgment at the Appeal Tribunal which we believe we shall emerge victorious given the severity of the loopholes contained therein.
"We have several instances in our judicial system where judgments at the Court of First Instance i.e. the Tribunal are upturned by the Appeal Tribunals and Supreme Court respectively.
"Today's judgment by the Tribunal is therefore, a temporary setback which we believe we shall emerge victorious in the long run to continue to provide good governance to Plateau people based on the rule of law, fairness and justice which is totally lacking under the present PDP- led administration.
"While we call on our members and supporters to remain calm and ever hopeful, we want to thank them for their patience and the maturity they exhibited throughout the period the Tribunal sitting lasted," the statement read.