Benue and Bauchi Elections: Supreme Court Adjourns Appeal
By Abayomi Akinbola and Samuel Victor Akpan
The Supreme Court has adjourned to a yet to be announced date the governorship election appeals of Benue and Bauchi states.
The seven-man justices of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Tanko after taking arguments from counsels in the matter, told the counsels that the date for the next hearing will be communicated to them later.
However, the expiration date for the appeals for the two states is January 26. Judgment is therefore expected to be delivered before this date.
Speaking with newsmen after the session, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome says the Apex court is “under pressure” but commended the decision of the CJN.
Despite heavy security presence and screening on Tuesday, the courtroom for the governorship appeals in the Supreme Court was overcrowded.
Recall that the CJN had on Monday for the same reason retired into the chambers before coming out later to announce the suspension of the appeal till Tuesday, citing ill health of one of the justices as the reason.
However, despite heavy security presence and screening, many party loyalists and supporters could not have access into the courtroom as the room is overcrowded.
In a related development, the Supreme Court had earlier on Monday adjourned till January 20 to deliver judgment in the election challenging the election victory of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad adjourned the case after taking arguments from respective parties.