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NEWS: The President of the Appeal Court moves all election petition cases to Abuja and Lagos and explains why

According to 234JAMZ MEDIA, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the president of the Court of Appeal, has sent all of the election petition matters that were pending before the court in the 36 states of the federation to the Abuja and Lagos divisions of the court

According to reports, the order was made in response to petitions and protests from political parties and their candidates who claim that the judges of the tribunals at the state divisions were compromised by the governors during the trial stage. The order has an impact on elections for governor, the federal government, and state and local assemblies

In their various petitions and protests to the leadership of the appellate court, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Labour Party (LP), as well as their disgruntled candidates, had claimed that the judges of the tribunals became vulnerable as governors generously provided logistics and other support for them

The offended parties and their candidates objected, claiming that a number of rulings issued by a number of the tribunal judges were not only false, but also outright “purchased” by the governors in order to favor their parties and candidates in the election

The appellants in the various instances reportedly expressed concern that they might suffer the same fate if their cases were allowed to be decided by the other divisions of the Court of Appeal in states governed by the governors, according to sources

According to a source, moving the cases to Abuja and Lagos, where the judges could be more easily overseen by the appeal court’s president, encouraged the appellate court’s leadership to act against the governors

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The source claimed that Dongban-Mensem had reportedly launched covert investigations into the allegations made against the trial tribunal’s governors and judges, and it was understood that these investigations had confirmed the truth of the allegations to the point where a compromised alliance had been formed between some governors and judges

According to reports, some of the tribunal judges were accused and could be tried by the National Judicial Council (NJC)

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