Recent developments in Nigeria’s political situation have prompted the Court of Appeal to transfer some election cases to Lagos and Abuja.
The Court of Appeal president, Monica Dongban-Mensem, issued a directive transferring some cases, as judges are facing accusations of bribery and corruption.
The order affects petitions on the gubernatorial, national, and state assembly elections held in February and March of 2023.
A new directive from the Court of Appeal’s president, Monica Dongban-Mensem, will tackle petitions about the election disputes that took place in 2023.
The court has directed that all appeals related to the election petition cases be transferred to Abuja and Lagos.
As reported by The Cable, the order affects the gubernatorial, national and state assembly elections, which are held between February 25, and March 18, 2023.
According to The Cable, the order affects the February 25 and March 18, 2023, gubernatorial, national, and state assembly elections.
Following the order of Dongban-Mensem, only two of the 20 divisions of the court would determine all appellate cases arising from the judgements of the elections petition tribunals throughout the country, Leadership report added.
Reasons for the transfer of all election cases by the president of appeal court, Monica:
All appeals from the 19 northern states will be heard in Abuja, while appeals from the 17 southern states will be heard in Lagos.
The directive was issued due to allegations and petitions against state tribunal judges.