The federal high court has downplayed claims by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), that there is a plot to stop the acting chief judge of the trial court, John Tsoho from holding the position substantively.
This claim was dismissed by the registrar of the court, Emmanuel Gakko. The CUPP had accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to prevent Tsoho from becoming the substantive chief judge.
The coalition also accused APC of influencing the selection of new supreme court justices who would preside over the appeal filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, against the judgement of the election petition tribunal that upheld the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
CUPP alleged that APC’s plan was to guarantee that Buhari is affirmed winner of the last presidential election at the Supreme court.
while reacting to claims by the coalition, Gakko said the judiciary has established policies and procedures guiding the issue of succession.
“Our attention has been drawn to claims by certain persons and groups (notably, the Coalition of United Political Parties) on alleged attempts to tamper with the hierarchy and/or succession to the headship of the Federal High Court,” the registrar said.
“We wish to state categorically that there are well-established policies and procedures guiding the issue of succession, not only in the Federal High Court but for all the hierarchy of courts in Nigeria.
“His lordship, the acting Chief Judge is well acquainted with the procedure(s) for succession in the leadership of the court, which so far has not been detracted from as to give him cause for alarm and warrant expressing any reservations or procuring anyone to make a case on his behalf.
“We wish to state unequivocally that the Federal High Court and indeed our Acting Chief Judge, the Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, hereby completely disassociate themselves from any persons and groups that have come out to make public statements concerning succession to the leadership of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.”
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