Breaking: Supreme Court PEPT Panel to be reconstituted as 3 more Justices recuse themselves
The Supreme Court Presidential Election Petition Panel has been hit by a wave of recusals, with three additional judges announcing their withdrawal from the case.
The judges, Justices Musa Dattijo Muhammad, I.N. Saulawa and Helen M. Ogunwumiju, have all cited various reasons for their decision to step down. This news comes after a previous round of recusals, leaving the panel’s composition in question.
The fact that Justice Dattijo is retiring so soon after recusing himself certainly raises some questions.
It’s possible that he doesn’t want to be involved in a potentially contentious case as he prepares to leave the bench.
Initially, the list of seven members of the panel to sit on the appeals filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Mr Peter Gregory Obi, include Justices Musa Dattijo Muhammad, Uwani Musa Abba Aji, Lawal Garba, Helen M. Ogunwumiju, I.N. Saulawa, Tijjani Abubakar and Emmanuel Agim.
It appears that the Supreme Court is facing a crisis of confidence, with multiple judges recusing themselves from the PEPT appeal.
This has led to speculation about the reasons for their withdrawal, and about the possible effects on the judicial process.
It is unclear at this time whether the new panel will be able to resolve the case in a timely and effective manner. This story is still unfolding, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming days.