The Supreme Court has scheduled the hearing of three appeal cases of against the re-election of Governor Yahaya Bello for Tuesday, 24th of August.
The appeals to be heard include, that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP), alongside their candidates against the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello in the November 16, 2019, Governorship election.
According to the hearing notice sent via text messages by the Supreme Court, only lawyers as well as specified names on the counsel’s list will be allowed in the premises of the court in line with COVID-19 rules and protocols.
Excerpts from one of the notices read;
“Take notice that the above Appeal will be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
And further take notice that in accordance with the Supreme Court Rules, this Notice is deemed sufficiently served on you if it is delivered on your Information and Communication gadgets.
“Further take notice that COVID-19 protocols shall be fully and strictly enforced. It’s only the Counsel who are appearing and whose name is entered in the Counsel List (not more than 5 Counsel per Appearance) will be admitted into the Court and no more.”
The appeals are against the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Abuja on July 4, which affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello for a second term as Governor of Kogi State.
The five man panel led by Justice Adamu Jauro had dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP, SDP, Actions Peoples Party (APP) and the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) for lacking in merit.