Appeal Court Panel on Ondo PDP Adjourns Till Nov. 10 for Rulings

Court of Appeal special panel to hear matters arising from the Ondo state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has, Tuesday, reserved rulings in some of the pending get cases before it till November 10 (Thursday)
The head of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, at Tuesday’s sitting, said the three-man panel needed time to go through the arguments and come up with rulings on some of the matters before it, hence the adjournment.
One the cases the panel is likely to pass judgment on Thursday is the issue of jurisdiction and legality of the panel brought before it by the Ondo State factional Chairman of PDP, Prince Biyi Poroye.
Counsel to Poroye, Benson Nwofor, had moved an application, asking the court to set aside and disband the special panel on the ground that “it was illegal and lacking in jurisdiction.”
According to Nwofor, he was seeking reliefs on 11 grounds to support the motion.
“I want to submit that the rules of the decision to set up the panel was made by the President of Court of Appeal at her administrative and not judicial capacity.
“I submit that the court has the right to set aside that decision. It is well settled in law that rules of natural justice as enshrined in Section 36 subsection 1 of our Constitution has not been followed in setting up the panel.”
He said Eyitayo had made representation to the President of Appeal Court to constitute the Special panel.
“The fact remains that the first respondent did not deny that Eyitayo made representation to the President of the Court to constitute special panel. The President ought to have asked the other side for us to respond upon receiving the letter from Eyitayo. The implications is that the right of fair hearing is violated by not hearing from us.
“The consequence of fair hearing is breached here, the decision of the President of Court of Appeal should be be set aside. This is not based on merit- whether she was right or not.
“I urged the court to please grant the application and return all casefiles to her ”
The court had reserved ruling.

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