By Abdulwahab Abdulah
A group of lawyers, under the aegis of Equity Forum, has declared its support for the Supreme Court’s order, restraining the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal from delivering its judgment on the Sokoto State governorship petition.
The group argued that but for the timely intervention of the Supreme Court, restraining the Appeal Court, Sokoto DivisionÂ from delivering its judgment, another political crisis might have erupted in Sokoto state, which might eventually threaten the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general election in the country.
In an address read on behalf of the Forum by its President, Mr. Dele Babalola, he said the order of the Supreme Court following an earlier directive, asking the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal to put on hold its judgment pending the investigation of the petition against it came to save the reputation of the judiciary.
The statement jointly signed by Mr. Maurice Nnadi, Secretary of the Forum said: â€œHaving keenlyÂ followed the election petition filed by the DPP Governorship candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Maigari Dingiyadi, against the election victory of the PDP Governor, AlhajiÂ Aliyu Wammako, and the attendant petitions that accompanied the proceedings, against the Justices of the Appeal Court that sat on the appeal, which necessitated the Supreme Court to give a directive that the Court of Appeal should suspend the delivery of the judgment which was slated for February 23, 2010, we hold that the action of the apex court was in order.
â€œHowever, the Nigerian BarÂ Association, NBA, has made its decision known to the effect that the Supreme Court has no constitutional power to stop or suspend the judgment of the Court of Appeal in any manner.”