The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) said it had uncovered plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to hurriedly elevate three of the judges that sat on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to the Supreme Court as plan B to sit on the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s candidate at the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
The CUPP at a press conference in Abuja on Friday by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere warned that the move is in violation of the tradition of the Supreme Court where the most senior judges are selected as members of the appeal panel.
“We are here to inform Nigerians today that the opposition has intercepted credible intelligence, hardcore intelligence of a last assault on the institution of judiciary represented by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, where there is ongoing perfected desperate attempt by the ruling APC government working with their unrepentant friends in judiciary to constitute members of presidential election panel with justices whose only reason of being selected is the guaranteed assurance that no matter what the law says, the President must be returned and affirmed against all known principles of our constitutional governance.
“We have intercepted a secret list of a 7- man panel of the Justices of Supreme Court about to be announced by the Chief Justice of Nigeria in a manner that jettisoned the age long tradition of selecting the members of the panel on the order of seniority.
“To ensure that nothing is left undone, the proposed screening of the nominated Justices of Supreme Court which was hitherto scheduled to take place in October 2019 was brought forward and concluded yesterday in gestapo manner and ready to be sent to the Senate for immediate confirmation.
“Fellow Nigerians, the reason for the rush in screening of the proposed Justices of Supreme Court is to use them as plan ‘B’ for the Presidential Election Appeal where they fail to push through the intercepted list and also not unconnected with the plan to populate the Governorship Appeal panels with these justices who are sympathetic to the ruling party with aim of giving a favourable judgment and also nullifying election of governors of opposition states” Ugochinyere said.
“Evidence of reward for turning the law upside down? Opposition has been vindicated!
“See the names of three of the Appeal Court Justices (Justices Muhammed L. Garba, Abdu Aboki and Samuel Oseji) who sat at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that upheld Buhari’s election under controversial circumstances have been tipped among the Justices that are about to be hurriedly elevated to the Supreme Court” he added.