The Supreme Court told the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, that the committee that would hear the appeal filed by the Democratic People’s Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Atiku, had yet to be appointed.
Atiku and the PDP contest the presidential election court’s earlier ruling in favor of the All Progressive Congress, the APC and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
The apex court said its Director, Press and Media, Dr. Festus Akande, would inform the public when the panel was created.
The statement was made by the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, in response to the media claim.
Through its Media and Publicity Officer, Imo Ugochinyere, the CUPP alleged that Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, had hand-picked supreme court judges for the bench in violation of the court’s “tradition” of choosing the highest-ranking judges.
The apex court described CUPP’s statement as “Blatant falsehood, disinformation, and malicious rumor being generously peddled through its spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
“CUPP is not and can never constitute itself into an agency of the Nigerian Judiciary or assume the role of an alternate Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“The constitution of any panel to sit on a matter in the court is the sole prerogative of the Supreme Court and it is never an issue for the court to debate on the television or pages of newspapers.
“We are not a political party or social club and should never be dragged into any form of baseless pedestrian discussions that will drive valid reasoning aground.
“Enough of this orchestrated falsehood and campaign of calumny.
“We are here to serve the interest of the generality of the Nigerian masses and not select individuals or groups with inordinate ambition.
“As soon as the Presidential Appeal Panel is constituted, the public will be duly informed as the Supreme Court is not a secret society. Let us always observe caution when disseminating information to the public.”