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Supreme court to set up panel to hear Atiku Obi Appeal next week

Supreme Court may institute the panel that will hear the appeal of Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi next week, but strike may delay Atiku, Obi’s appeal.

A top source at the apex court said: “Well, let us look at next week. All things being equal, it should not go beyond next week. But the issue is the strike; we hope it does not disrupt things.

“I can’t pick the day but hopefully next week, we should have a panel in place. I can’t say the number of the justices and the names that will make the panel.”

Mike Ozekhome said the strike might not be binding on the Supreme Court he stated, “I don’t think the strike will stall the case. The case like all election petitions is time-sensitive and time-bound.

“The strike may be indefinite, but the Supreme Court will not comply because the case is time-bound.”

Also speaking, Edun dismissed the notion, saying they were optimistic that the Federal Government would have resolved the impasse before the sitting of the apex court.

He said, “Let’s wait and see. I expect the government to quickly resolve the issues surrounding the strike before it gets out of hand. That is just my hope.

“We are also hoping the apex court can constitute a panel quickly so that they can listen to the case. The problem here is that even the court is understaffed at the moment.

“Only 11 justices are remaining at the Supreme Court and, if we are to go by the Constitution, they are supposed to be 21 (maximum). To me, 11 is too short. given the volume of what they have to do.

“Nevertheless, I don’t expect that strike to disrupt things. But no matter what happens, they must sit.”

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