Governorship Appeals: CJN Suspends Hearing To Decongest Court Room

Governorship Appeals: CJN Suspends Hearing To Decongest Court Room

The Supreme Court on Monday suspended the hearing of the governorship appeals from six states in order to decongest the court room and reduce the noise level.

The order came from the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad following the inability of the security operatives to control the crowd and the noise level in the court.

As part of efforts to decongest the court, the CJN who leads a seven-man panel in the hearing, directed counsels representing the parties not to appear with more than five lawyers.

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He, however, granted the parties in the case to witness the proceedings and until that was done, Justice Muhammad ordered that the hearing be put on hold.

Thereafter, politicians who were not parties in any of the appeals were asked to leave the courtroom as the police deploy a dog to assist in the decongestion process.

After carrying out the directive of the CJN to decongest the courtroom, the court resumed proceedings.

The appeals were brought before the court by various aggrieved candidates in the March 9 polls in Imo, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Plateau and Benue States.

The apex court is hearing the appeals filed by the governorship candidates 10 months after the elections held in the affected states.

The governors returned elected by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the states are Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Simon Lalong (Plateau), and Samuel Ortom (Benue).

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