A counsel representing Jimoh Ibrahim, an Ondo State governorship candidate from the faction led by former Borno State governor, Modu Sheriff, has demanded the dissolution of a new Court of Appeal panel on PDP crisis in the state.
The panel is led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa.
It was set up last week after members of the first panel, led by Justice Jummai Sankey, withdrew amid allegations of bribery.
Mr. Ibrahim’s counsel, Bei Nwofor, said his application was based on the notion that there was no reason for a special panel to be put in place to address the Ondo State election matter pending at an Abuja division if the Appeal Court.
The president of the Court, Zainab Bulkachuwa, had put in place a new panel to replace the Sankey panel.
The petitioner, Biyi Poroye, had alleged that the panel had been bribed by the Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to rule in favour of Eyitayo Jegede.
Mr. Jegede was the first candidate of the PDP, but was later replaced with Mr. Ibrahim.
Mr. Jegede’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, asked the court to set aside the motion by Mr. Nwofor, describing it as a deliberate attempt to delay the proceedings.
The panel continued its hearing and has decided to hear the substantive appeals before deciding on all of them.
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