Friday, 30 October 2015

BREAKING-NEWS Plateau State PDP governorship candidate, GNS Pwajok, dead

Senator GNS Pwajok; credit:
Reports we are monitoring from Jos, the
Plateau state capital, indicate that
Senator Gyang Nyam Shom Pwajok has
passed away.

Pwajok was the governorship candidate
of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
at the April 11, 2015 governorship
elections in Plateau state.

On Monday, the Plateau state
governorship election petition tribunal
dismiss the petition filed by Pwajok and
the PDP against the victory of Governor
Simon Lalong, who was candidate of the
All Progressives Congress (APC).

The three-man tribunal headed by
Justice Johnson Candida dismissed the
petition for lack of merit, holding that
the case of the petitioners were based
on documentary hearsay. The tribunal
also awarded the cost of N50,000 againstthe petitioners to be paid to each of the respondents being Governor Lalong, APC and INEC.

A family source in Jos on Thursday
morning said Pwajok had been coping
with deteriorating health for some time
and that he passed away last night.
When contacted, another family member
admitted that the former governorship
candidate was “in a critical condition but
still alive.”
At least two other family sources
contacted however ‘confirmed’ that the
former governorship candidate had lost
the battle.
Pwajok was replaced at the Senate by
his mentor and former Plateau state
governor, Jonah Jang.
Last July, there were reports that
Senator Pwajok had died but his special
assistant on media and publicity refuted
the story and said the former lawmaker
was hale and hearty. The spokesman
had also claimed at the time that the
politicians team were “not oblivious of
the fact that the unfolding mischief is a
publicity strategy to distract the teeming
supporters of GNS Pwajok from the
ongoing judicial arbitration
process which is highly in our favour.”
Senator Pwajok however eventually lost
his bid to have Governor Lalong’s
election reversed at the tribunal which
delivered its verdict on Monday.

More details will be communicated.


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