Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, temporarily stood down hearing of Atiku Abubakar’s appeal. Tanko wanted a proper arrangement of the document presented by Atiku’s legal team before hearing of the matter began.
Atiku’s lawyer however expressed concern over this decision of the panel’s but CJN Tanko said the move was to avoid pressuring the legal counsel.
The hearing of the appeal filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was on Wednesday, October 30, stood down by the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed-led seven-man panel took the decision to allow Atiku’s counsel, Levy Uzokwu (SAN), conclude on the procedure of the hearing.
The decision of the Supreme Court panel was to create a situation where there would be a single judgment on the main appeal and this would cover all the others.
The report said Wole Olanipekun, Ustaz Yinusa and Lateef Fagbemi, who are standing for President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), agreed to the stand of the panel.
However, Atiku’s counsel is believed not to be comfortable about this stand. “If you want time to make up your mind, we will give you time. We don’t want you to go and write a petition against us later that we are the one that pushed you to make a decision,” Justice Tanko told Uzokwu.
It is learnt that the main issue in the other appeals is the striking out of some paragraphs in the petitions of Atiku and the PDP by the presidential election tribunal.