Counsel to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Mike Ozekhome, has expressed worry over the delay in naming Supreme Court justices to sit on the presidential election appeal panel.
Naija News recalls that the Presidential Election Tribunal (PEPT) had dismissed the petition of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku, against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP and Atiku approached the Supreme Court to appeal the ruling of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal.
Forty-five days since submitting his petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari the Apex court is yet to constitute the presidential election appeal panel.
Reacting to the delay, Ozekhome stated that Atiku’s legal team is worried about the delay because election petitions are time-bound.
According to him, the case before the Supreme Court is a very sensitive nature which has caught the attention of not just Nigerians but the entire world.
“We are very worried about it because election petitions are time-bound and time lined and the supreme Court has decided that the constitutional time provided for election petitions is like the Rock of Gibraltar that cannot be moved,” Ozekhome said.
“So, I believe, therefore, that the supreme court is much aware of their extant decision and the sensitive nature of this case which has caught the attention of not just Nigerians but the entire world. I believe that the Supreme Court will do the needful. I have no fear of that at all.
“There is no need for any report (to the National Judicial Council) because the CJN will do what is right and necessary, guided by the constitution and the electoral act.”