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Tension in Sokoto ahead court’s judgement

By Abduwahab Abdulah & Gbenga Oke

AHEAD of Tuesday’s judgement by the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto challenging the election of Governor Aliyu Wammakko, there seems tension in the state with the deployment of mobile policemen within the Sokoto metropolis.

The Appeal Court judgement was to be delivered sometime last month, but was stalled by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Commission, Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu based on a petition received from Governor Wammako’s counsel over allegation of bias on the part of the Tribunal members.
Some Sokoto residents are praying against violence after the judgement.

Counsel to the Governor, Yahaya Mahmood has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu urging him to prevail on the court to stay the judgement until the determination of his petitions before the National Judicial Council.

In the letter dated March 10, 2010, addressed to the CJN as the Chairman of the NJC, his attention was drawn to the fact that if the judgement is delivered by the appeal court, Sokoto on Tuesday, it would prejudice the issues raised in petitions before the NJC as well as other matters pending before other courts of competent jurisdictions.

The letter: “Re: Our petition in Respect of Sokoto State Governorship Appeals”, raised serious issues bordering on the directive of the CJN issued on February 19, asking the Justices of the appellate court to stay action for a while.

Besides, the letter mentioned that the date fixed for the judgement took them by surprise, especially when the court had adjourned the matter sine die in view of the instruction of the CJN.

It states, “our impression is that the indefinite adjournment is to allow for investigations by the National Judicial Council into the serious allegations in the petitions received.”


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