Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, said on Wednesday that the Justices of the Supreme Court should be commended for handling with dispatch the case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the outcome of the February 23, 2019 poll.
The minister, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said the judges of the Supreme Court ought not be crucified as he believed a renown constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN), sought to do in a statement reacting to the October 30 summary judgment of the apex court dismissing Atiku’s appeal.
Keyamo, who served as the spokesperson for the campaign organisation for Buhari’s re-election and appointed minister by the President in the second term which began in May this year, issued a statement early Wednesday to fault Nwabueze’s criticism of the Supreme Court over the handling of the Atiku’s case.
He faulted the claims by Nwabuze that the proceedings of October 30 breached the appellants’ right to fair hearing and the apex court’s summary dismissal of the appeal with reasons to be given at a yet-to-be-announced date.
He also dismissed Nwabueze’s worry that the composition of the seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, was not made public before the date of hearing of the appeal.
“In conclusion, rather than crucifying my lords at the apex court for hearing the appeal on October 30, 2019 and deciding same on the same date, my lords ought to be commended for coming to court prepared and hearing and dismissing the Appeal with dispatch,” Keyamo stated.