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CJN, 5 justices to hear PDP, Atiku’s appeals

The Supreme Court has delivered its first ruling against the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the 2019 Election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The Supreme Court began hearing on the appeal filed by PDP and Atiku challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, headed the seven-man panel of the court, in the lead ruling consented to by other members, overruled Atiku’s request that their seven interlocutory appeals be heard after the main one must have been argued.

The seven-man panel held that it would be unnecessary to hear the interlocutory appeals when a judgment on the main appeal marked SC.1211/2019 would cover the field.

Justice Tanko Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on Wednesday led five other Justices of the Supreme Court to hear about six appeals in the case filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in Feb. 23 poll.

The other Justices are Bode Viviour, Olukayode Ariowola, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Aba-Aji.

Atiku and his party had jointly filed their appeal before the apex court to challenge the September 11, 2019 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

The tribunal’s judgment, which Atiku and his party are dissatisfied with, had dismissed their petition challenging the outcome of the Feb. 23, 2019 poll.

Subsequently, the petitioners on Sept. 23, filed 66 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the tribunal.

The PDP had publicly expressed concerns over the alleged delayed in the hearing of the appeals relating to the presidential election case.

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