By Innocent Anaba
Former Deputy National Chairman, South, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, convicted by a Lagos High Court,Â has requestedÂ that a new panel of justices be constituted at the Court of Appeal,Â Lagos, to hear his appeal and the five applications he recently filed before the court.
George, alongside the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Alhaji Aminu Dabo; Captain OlusegunÂ Abidoye, Alhaji Abdullahi Tafida, Alhaji Zanna Maidaribe and Alhaji Sule Aliyu are serving their two-year jail terms in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos.
They were found guilty of the charges levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, over offences committed while serving on NPA board, and sentenced by the court on October 26.
The appellate court, presided over by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, last December, dismissed the bail application pending appeal by George and five others, holding that the application by the convicts lacked merit.
George’s request, it was learnt, may not be unconnected with the allegations by the panel of justices that before their ruling dismissing the bail application pending appeal, that they were inundated with calls and text messages threatening them to ensure that bail was granted to the convicts.