Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the President of the Court of Appeal, has issued an order to transfer all pending petitions arising from the 2023 elections across the 36 states of Nigeria to the appellate court’s divisions in Lagos and Abuja.
Legal Attorney Blog says this directive applies to gubernatorial, national, and state assembly elections cases. The decision to concentrate the handling of these cases in only two out of the twenty divisions of the court stems from concerns raised by political parties and candidates.
Allegations of undue influence on state tribunal judges by governors during the trial stages in their respective states have prompted this action.
Reportedly, Justice Dongban-Mensem conducted discreet investigations into these allegations, unearthing evidence of potential collusion between the governors and certain tribunal judges, resulting in possible miscarriages of justice at the tribunal level.
It is rumoured that some tribunal judges are under scrutiny and may face trial by the National Judicial Council (NJC) due to their alleged involvement in these questionable practices.
Reacting to the decision, Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi, a House of Representatives representing Warri Federal Constituency, acknowledged the move as a step towards ensuring fair and impartial judgments. He expressed concerns about the financial implications of the case transfer but emphasized that no sacrifice is too great to ensure justice prevails.
“We have the notice transferring the cases from Delta State to Lagos and have complied. Its financial implications are huge, but no sacrifice is too much to get a fair and impartial judgment,” Ereyitomi stated, as reported by TVC.
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