The Court of Appeal in Abuja has been asked to reverse the decision by its President, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who constituted a fresh panel to hear appeals relating to the dispute over the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State.
The request is contained in a motion filed yesterday by members of state executive of the PDP in six South West states. The members belong to the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP.
They were led by Biyi Poroye, the factional chairman of the PDP in Ondo State.
They asked the court to disband the panel, which has Justices Ibrahim Saulawa, Ignatius Igwe Aguba, and George Mbaba, which they said was allegedly set up in breach of their right to fair hearing guaranteed under Section 36 of the Constitution.
Poroye and others equally prayed the court to order the return of the case files relating to the appeals and the application for leave to appeal as an interested party, against the decision of the Federal High Court of 14th October 2016, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/395/2016), filed by Eyitayo Jegede (factional PDP candidate in Ondo), to the Registry of the Court of Appeal, to take its normal course and turn in the docket of the court.
The affected appeals are: CA/A/551/2016 filed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Ben Obi against Biyi Poroye and 10 others and CA/A/551A/2016 filed by Clement Faboyede and another against 10 others; CA/A551B/2016 filed by the PDP against Biyi Poroye and 9 others and CA/A/551C/2016 filed by Eyitayo Jegede against Prince Biyi Poroye and 10 others.
They argued that not only did the President of the Court of Appeal act without hearing from them, the case, being a pre-election matter did not warrant any urgency to require the constitution of a special panel.
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