Journalist confirms Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, gave a standing order to judges of the federal high court not to entertain cases; Presidential Election, or Swearing In KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Journalist confirms Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, gave a standing order to judges of the federal high court not to entertain cases; Presidential Election, or Swearing In

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Journalist confirms Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, gave a standing order to judges of the federal high court not to entertain cases; Presidential Election, or Swearing In. 

Taking to social media, popular Nigerian journalist, PidomediaNigeria, revealed. 

PidomediaNigeria wrote: "Chief judge of the federal high court of Nigeria, Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, gave a standing order to judges of the federal high court not to entertain cases for now, especially suit on Presidential Election, or Swearing In. 
Judges have all ran away from the courts."

The Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja has ordered the merger of the cases filed by Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) to challenge Bola Tinubu’s victory as Nigeria’s president-elect.

The five-member panel of the court headed by Haruna Tsammani cited time constraint as the basis for its decision, in a ruling on Tuesday.

The court has 180 days from the time the three petitions were filed in mid-March to conclude the hearing and deliver its judgement.

In a ruling detailing a report of its pre-hearing session on Mr Obi’s petition, on Tuesday, the court ordered a consolidation of the three pending petitions.

The panel’s chair, Mr Tsammani, citing Paragraph 50 of the First Schedule of the Electoral Act 2022, said the interest of justice would be served by a merger of the petitions.

In order to ensure a speedy hearing of the petition, the court said there would be no oral examination of witnesses and that the adoption of witness statements will be required.

For star (or expert) witnesses, 30 minutes shall be used for evidence in chief, while 20 minutes will be for cross-examination, and five minutes for re-examination.

Peter Obi’s hearing is to commence on May 30 and end June 23.

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