Another Appeal Court panel constituted to hear Ondo PDP cases

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has constituted another panel to handle all the appeals emanating from the legal tussle over the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State.
The crux of the matter is the leadership tussle between the two faction of the party headed by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
On Monday, the initial panel hearing the suits emanating from the PDP in the State withdrew following allegations of partiality leveled against it.
The panel was headed by Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey.
A factional Chairman of the PDP in the state, Prince Biyi Poroye, had written a petition against eh panel. alleging that the judges had been compromised.
In a letter with reference number PCA/Abuja/VII/2016, Justice Bulkachuwa named Justice Ibrahim M. Saulawa as Chairman of the new panel, which has Justices Ignatius Igwe Agube and Godwin Mbaba as members.
The fresh three-member panel of Justices of the appellate court will handle appeals by the PDP and Chief Benson Akingboye and 2 others, that of Hon. Diri Kelly Adonye and Another and the Independent National Electoral Commission and 2 others, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Another and Prince Biyi Poroye and 10 others and the appeal by Engineer Clement Faboyede and Another and Prince Biyi Poroye and 10 others.
“You are hereby empanelled to sit and determine the above appeals in Abuja Division expeditiously. Fixation of dates to be worked out with the presiding Justice of the Abuja Division,” Justice Bulkachuwa stated in the letter.

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