S’court de­liv­ers Kano, Imo, Sokoto, oth­ers gov judg­ments to­day

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Ade Ade­s­o­moju, Abuja

The Supreme Court on Mon­day ad­journed till Tues­day (to­day) the hear­ing of 13 ap­peals filed in re­spect of gov­er­nor­ship tus­sles in six states.

The ad­journ­ment fol­lowed an an­nounce­ment by the Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria, Jus­tice Tanko Muham­mad, lead­ing a seven-man bench, that one of the mem­bers of the panel was ill.

The CJN said the court needed to “abruptly rise” due to the un­named judge’s ail­ment.

The ad­journ­ment cut short the hear­ing of the first ap­peal al­ready be­ing taken. The ap­peal be­ing heard was on the gov­er­nor­ship con­test in Kano State.

Chief Adeg­boyega Awom­olo (SAN), the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party’s gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, Abba Kabir-yusuf, had iden­ti­fied the pro­cesses he filed in the case.

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral

Com­mis­sion’s lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), was to adopt his briefs of ar­gu­ment, when the CJN made the an­nounce­ment.

All the six other mem­bers of the panel were seated with the CJN when the de­vel­op­ment was an­nounced but the ail­ing one among them was not iden­ti­fied.

The panel was ex­pected to re­sume sit­ting but af­ter about an hour, the Di­rec­tor of Lit­i­ga­tion of the Supreme Court, Mr Ibrahim Gold, de­clared that all the ap­peals had been ad­journed till


Un­til the ad­journ­ment of the cases on Mon­day, many ex­pected that the ail­ing judge would ei­ther re­cover or a re­place­ment among the other Jus­tices of the Supreme Court would be brought for the pro­ceed­ings to con­tinue on Mon­day.

It was the sec­ond time the Cjn-led panel would rise abruptly on Mon­day.

Be­fore the sec­ond sus­pen­sion of pro­ceed­ings at­trib­uted to the ail­ment of one of the panel mem­bers, the panel had ear­lier risen due to the row­di­ness of the court­room.

The CJN had to lead the mem­bers of the panel back to the cham­bers shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing the court­room, or­dered that crowd in the court­room be re­duced.

Listed on the day’s case list were 13 ap­peals and cross-ap­peals re­lat­ing to the gov­er­nor­ship tus­sles in Kano, Imo, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi and Sokoto states.

The gover­nors, whose elec­tions are be­ing chal­lenged, are Emeka Ihe­dioha (Imo), Bala

Mo­hammed (Bauchi), Si­mon La­long (Plateau), Aminu Tam­buwal (Sokoto), Ab­dul­lahi Gan­duje (Kano) and Sa­muel Or­tom (Benue).

The cases pa­raded over 40 Se­nior Ad­vo­cates of Nige­ria, who were to ap­pear in the dif­fer­ent cases.

The premises of the Supreme Court played host to a huge crowd of sup­port­ers of politi­cians from the var­i­ous states on Mon­day.

There were clashes among ri­val po­lit­i­cal groups on the premises.

•L-R: Dioce­san Women Ad­viser, Mrs Abio­dun Adeg­buyi ; Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Bishop, Prince Henry Oduko­maiya; Dioce­san Bishop, Rev. Dr Ba­batunde Ogun­banwo; his wife, Olatunde; and Chair­man of the 10th An­niver­sary Plan­ning Com­mit­tee, Prince Olu Oluboyejo, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on the 10th an­niver­sary of the Dio­cese of Ijebu South-west Church of Nige­ria (Angli­can Com­mu­nion ), Odog­bolu, Ogun State… on Mon­day. Photo: Daud Olatunji

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