Following the adjournment of hearing by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, will today 14th January 2020 lead a seven-man bench to hear the appeals of the Governors of Kano, Imo, Sokoto, Bauchi, Plateau, and Benue.
The CJN disclosed that the court needed to “abruptly rise” due to an unnamed judge’s ailment. 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 Tuesday.
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.
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 with the premises of the Court playing host to a huge crowd of supporters of politicians from the various states.