Federal High Court says, ‘No plot to stop Tsoho’s becoming CJ’

The federal high court has dismissed the allegation by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), of a plot to block John Tsoho, from becoming the chief judge of the trial court.

Justice Tsoho, a Christian, is the acting Chief Judge.

In a statement on Monday, Emmanuel Gakko, registrar of the court, while reacting to the allegation, explained the judiciary has established policies and procedures guiding the issue of succession.

The statement read, “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.”

“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 have 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.”

The CUPP last week alleged that there was a plot to prevent Tsoho from becoming the substantive chief judge.

They, in addition, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of scheming to influence the selection supreme court justices that will guarantee the outcome of the appeal filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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