The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has raised an alarm over a plot to jettison the Supreme Court tradition of selecting seven most senior justices to sit on appeal in the presidential petition of Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019, election.
CUPP in a statement issued on Friday claims that there are moves to tinker with the list of the most senior justices of the Supreme Court to sit on appeal in the presidential petition.
In the statement signed by its Spokesman and National Chairman of the Action People’s Party (APP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP said it had intercepted a list of “handpicked” justices in violation of the Supreme Court tradition of selecting seven most senior justices.
Ugochinyere also added that CUPP had Intel that there was another move to hurriedly appoint five new justices into the Supreme Court as plan ‘B’ to sit on the appeal.
“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,” CUPP added.