PDP And Ihedioha Unhappy With Supreme Court Panel, Want Fresh Eyes For The Review Of Ihedioha Vs Uzodinma
Ahead of the Supreme Court review of the apex court's January 14th judgment that sacked him as governor, the opposition has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Tanko, to reconstitute a new panel to hear the case.
Yesterday the Awareness gave the line up of the panel that will hear the case today and seemingly both Ihedioha and the PDP are unhappy with the team that consists of :
Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad – Chairman
Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta – Member
Justice OluKayode Ariwoola – Member
Justice Amiru Sanusi – Member
Justice Amina Adamu Augie – Member
Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji – Member
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun -Member
In a letter signed by both its National Chairman, Uche Secondus and National Secretary, Senator Ibrahim Tsauri, the PDP said it had become imperative for the CJN and the other justices who served in the first panel that heard the suit recuse themselves from the review panel on grounds of likelihood of bias.
They want fresh eyes to be brought to the table
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The letter released to the press yesterday but dated February 14 was titled: “
Demand for recusal of justices that heard the earlier case and request for a different panel to hear the application to set aside judgment the need for justice and fair hearing."
It reads as follows:
“We hereby request that the seven persons that heard the case earlier, recuse themselves from participating in the consideration of this new application.
"We are not unmindful of the fact that a litigant cannot dictate to the court the panel that should hear its case.
"However, due to the extraordinary circumstances and the nature of this case, we think that our request is a fair one that meets the justice of the case.
“Consequently, we feel it is our patriotic duty to hereby humbly request that your Lordship constitute a different panel of this great Court (other than the one that delivered the judgment) for the purpose of hearing this application.
“My Lord, our request is founded on Section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees fair hearing to every citizen or entity in the determination of his rights or obligations. Furthermore, the time-honoured and tested principles of natural justice, particularly that no man shall be a judge in his own cause is particularly relevant to this solemn request.”
Meanwhile, the influx of members of both parties into Abuja to witness the hearing live, has been heavy and consistent.