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No attempt to subvert Tsoho’s emergence as substantive Chief Justice – Federal High Court

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Federal High Court, Abuja, on Sunday said that there was no plot to undermine its acting Chief Judge (CJ), John Tsoho, from becoming the substantive CJ.

n a swift reaction to the allegations by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) the Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Gakko, in Abuja, described the claim as falsehood.

NAN reports that CUPP had, on September 20, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) of a plot to influence the selection of new Supreme Court justices ahead of a move by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, and his party to appeal against the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which recently affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral victory.

But, Gakko said that the court and by extension, the entire judiciary, had well-established policies and procedures guiding the issue of succession.

“Our attention has been drawn to claims by certain persons and groups (notably, the Coalition of United Political Parties [CUPP]) on alleged attempts to tamper with the hierarchy and/or succession to the headship of 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,” he said.

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