The three-member panel of justices of the Court of Appeal has withdrawn from all appeals relating to the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.
Their action was due to a petition accusing them of compromising their position.
In the petition by a factional chairman of the PDP in Ondo State, BIYI POROYE, which was addressed to the President, Court of Appeal, Justice ZAINAB BULKACHUWA, he alleged that Governor OLUSEGUN MIMIKO had boasted in the public that he and Rivers State Governor NYESOM WIKE had settled the judges with 350 million naira.
POROYE, who swore to an affidavit to buttress his allegation, said he believed that the judges had been compromised because the presiding Justice, JUMAI HANNATU SANKEY, was prone to corruption.
At the resumed hearing of the matter, Justice SANKEY drew the attention of lawyers to the petition and demanded to know whether the panel could still go ahead with the hearing of the case despite the strongly worded petition and supported affidavit of evidence.
In his reaction, Chief WOLE OLANIPEKUN, who stood for EYITAYO JEGEDE said he was taken aback by the development and that he was not copied.
Counsel to the petitioner, Dr. ALEX IZINYON said he was speechless because he had no knowledge of the petition and was not consulted by his client before writing it.
But the PDP in Ondo State said it is neither distracted nor would it succumb to the time-worn tactics of judicial ambush as a result of the withdrawal of the Appeal Panel of the Court of Appeal handling its case on the removal of its candidate, JEGEDE by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.