The Supreme Court has issued notices scheduling the hearing of three appeals challenging the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for Tuesday.
Our correspondent confirmed on Saturday that two on the three appeals coming up for hearing were filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and the Socialist Democratic Party along with their respective candidates to challenge Bello’s victory at the November 16, 2019 poll.
The hearing notices sent as short phone messages to the law firms involved in the cases indicated that COVID-19 protocols would be strictly enforced during Tuesday’s proceedings.
The apex court’s Director/Head of Department, Litigation, Ibrahim Gold, who signed the hearing notices seen by our correspondent on Saturday, stated that in line with the COVID-19 protocols, only lawyers with names on the counsel’s list would be allowed to enter into the courtroom.
Gold added that only five lawyers per appearance would be allowed entry.
Our correspondent sighted the hearing notices sent out in respect of the appeals filed by the PDP and the SDP.
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.