– As NJC sits today

PRESIDENT of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa yesterday constituted a fresh panel to hear appeals surrounding the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the Ondo State governorship election slated for November 26. The new three-man panel is led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa of the Calabar Division of the Appeal Court. Nigerian Pilot confirmed yesterday that three of the five pending cases have been assigned to the new panel. As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear whether another panel would be constituted to hear the rest of the two cases or be assigned to the Justice Saulawa-led panel. The panel constitution follows Tuesday’s
decision of the Justice Jummai Sankeyled panel disqualifying itself from further presiding over the cases. A letter by Justice Bulkachuwa addressed to Justice Salauwa and the two other members of the new panel was sighted by our correspondent yesterday. The letter directed the panel members to work out the dates of hearing in the cases assigned to them with the presiding justice of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal. The Justice Sankey-led panel on Tuesday returned the files of all the five pending cases to the president of the Court of Appeal, citing a petition by the chairman of the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP in Ondo State, Mr. Biyi Poroye, accusing members of the panel of being compromised in handling the matter.

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