Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed will preside over the 7-man panel that will hear the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Buhari at the February 23 poll.
Other members of the panel are Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Olukayode Ariwoola, John Inyang Okoro, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Aba-aji.
The CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed –Presiding Judge
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola
Justice John Inyang Okoro
Justice Amiru Sanusi
Justice Ejembi Eko
Justice Uwani Aba-aji
Atiku and his party are challenging the September 11 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed President Buhari’s victory at the polls.
The appeals hearing has generated some controversies especially due to the silence of the Supreme Court on the justices that would constitute the panel, with the Coalition of United Progressives Party (CUPP) demanding the use of seniority in selecting them.
A senior member of Atiku’s legal team, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), said they considered it strange that as at yesterday, the appellants still did not know those that would constitute the panel.
On his part, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), a top member of President Buhari’s legal team said the team is not particularly interested in knowing beforehand the justices of the court that would constitute the panel to hear the appeals.
The hearing is coming over a month after Atiku and his party, on September 23, filed 66 grounds of appeal before the apex court to challenge the judgment of the tribunal.