Supreme Court told the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, that it had not yet formed the panel that would listen to the appeal presented by the Popular Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Atiku.
Atiku and the PDP are challenging the previous ruling by the presidential electoral court, which was in favor of the Congress of All Progressives, APC and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
The higher court stated that the public would be informed when the panel was formed
On Monday, the court declared in a note its director, press and information, Dr. Festus Akande.
The statement was in reaction to the media affirmation of the United Political Part Coalition, CUPP.
The CUPP, through its director of media and advertising, Imo Ugochinyere, had stated that the president of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Judge Tanko Muhammad, had elected the judges of the tribunal for the panel in violation of the “tradition” of selecting the older judges in the field.
The apex court described CUPP’s claim as “Blatant falsehood, misinformation and malicious rumour being generously peddled by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) through its spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere.
“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.”