YPP raises alarm over appeal court panel members

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


Ahead of Friday’s hearing of the appeal in the Anambra south Senatorial district election petition, the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has raised alarm over the non disclosure of the members of the Court of Appeal panel.

National chairman of YPP, Comrade Emmanuel Amakiri, who raised the alarm on Thursday while addressing newsmen in Abuja, faulted the change of the panel of the appeal court for the case.

The panel’s hearing of appeals filed by Andy and Chris Uba (brothers) against incumbent Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of Anambra South senatorial district, is slated for Enugu state in south-Eastern Nigeria.

The Uba brothers as they are fondly referred to, had appealed the victory of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah at the election petitions tribunal, and Comrade Amakiri says the YPP is confident that the Appeal court President would consider their demand.

”Our party has made efforts to inquire into the rationale for the abrupt change of the panel of the Court of Appeal hearing the matter to no avail. We have also made efforts to find out the new composition of the panel of the Court of Appeal that are being sent to hear the Appeals to no avail.

”Again, the Court of Appeal today the 23rd of October 2019 informed our lawyers that the Appeals in Appeal No. CA/EAPP/20/2019 (Chief Chris Uba v INEC) has been fixed for hearing on the 25th of October 2019.”

According to him, “Our party believes that the composition of courts is fundamental to the impartiality of the court and whilst our party has implicit confidence in the judiciary including the court of Appeal, we believe that there should be explanations for the changes in the composition of the panel of the Court of Appeal Enugu.

”In addition, we request for a full disclosure of the composition of the Special Panel of the Court of Appeal that has been constituted for the hearing of the Appeals,” Comrade Amakiri explained.