The Special Panel of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has reserved till Thursday ruling on several applications on cases with respect to the Peoples Democratic Party Governorship candidacy tussle for this month’s election in Ondo State.
Head of the Three Man panel, Justice Ibrahim Salauwa announced this after counsels to concerned parties had concluded arguments in respect of their applications at the resumed hearing today.
Some of the applications for which the panel would give ruling include Biyi Poroye ‘s application challenging the jurisdiction of the special appeal panel to hear the cases, Jegede application for leave of appeal against justice Okon Abang’s ruling which ordered his substitution, as well as Ahmed Markarfi and Ben obi versus Biyi Poroye’s application.
Justice Salauwa thanked all the parties for their cooerperation and assured of their reading to speedily dispense all the cases in a manner that Justice will be served on everybody. ” I want to thank all counsels for their cooperation which has made the sittings hitch free so far. We want to assure you that will not waste time is dispensing this case as we all have waiting for us, our primary assignments in our respective divisions ”
The panel also today heard two applications in respect to the Ahmed Markarfi case versus Benson Akingboye on Edo elections.
While one of the applications bothering on the Edo election was adjourned indefinitely due to a pending motion on the case at the Supreme Court, the other application was adjourned till Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen, Counsel to Biyi Poroye, Ben Nwofor SAN said they were in court to challenge the panel’s jurisdiction, counsel to Eyitayo Jegede SAN, Chief Wole Olanipekun said they have properly argued their case and confident the panel would come up with a ruling based on justice having done a thorough job all through the hearings so far.