Three Appeal court justices disqualifies themselves

PDP’s factional chairman in Ondo State, Biyi Poroye, has filed a petition accusing the three-member panel of justices of the Court of Appeal of corruption.

The appeal was addressed to the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

The petitioner also copied President Buhari, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), and members of the panel.

Poroye alleged that Governor Olusegun Mimiko had boasted in the public that he and Governor Nyesom Wike had settled the judges with N350 million.

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Poroye, who swore to an affidavit to buttress his allegation, said he believed that the judges had been compromised.

The petitioner further alleged that Justice Sankey had been sick for the past five years and as such, “became very poor and prone to corruption.”

One of the Justices, Justice Sankey did not take the issue lightly.

She said: “Why did Poroye run out of court if he had the audacity to append his signature on the shameless petition?

“It is said that 99 days is for the thief, only one day is for the owner.

“It is painful that the petitioner used my ailment predicament to insult me, to allege that I am a poor judge, that I was sick for five years and prone to corruption.

“I am ready to carry my illness on my shoulder, but it is unfair for the petitioner to make my sickness an issue in his petition.

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“No fact had been put forward before the court to establish a case of likelihood of bias.

“Again, since lawyers in this matter have all denied knowledge of the petition, we would have ignored the petition.

“We therefore consider it necessary to disqualify ourselves from all petitions in respect of Ondo PDP governorship matters.

“We hereby step down from this matter and the case files are to be returned for re-assignment to another panel,” she said.

The development has stalled the ongoing PDP governorship aspirant trial in the state.