Party Crisis: CJN Summons Six Chief Judges Over Conflicting Orders

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Jus­tice Tanko Muhammad, has summoned six Chief Judges in the country to explain the circumstances surrounding the con­flicting court orders that emanated in their states in the last one month.

Justice Mohammad, who doubles as Chairman of the National Judicial Coun­cil (NJC), issued the summons to the af­fected Chief Judges in Abuja, on Monday.

The Chief Judges sum­moned are those of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo states.

The summons sighted by Daily Independent indicat­ed that the Chief Judges in question are to appear before the CJN prior to an enlarged one by the NJC to explain the rationale behind the is­suance of conflicting orders by courts of coordinate juris­diction.

The summons read in part; “My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of co­ordinate jurisdiction were granting conflicting ex par­te orders on the same subject matter.

“It has become expedient for me to invite you for a de­tailed briefing on the devel­opment.

“This is even more com­pelling having regard to ear­lier NJC warning to judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in granting ex parte applications”.

The CJN, it was learnt, had expressed dismay over the embarrassment caused the country’s judiciary by the actions of the Judges who issued the conflicting orders upon ex parte applications by some political parties.

It was gathered on good authority that Justice Mu­hammad’s move is to nip in the bud what clearly has been seen in some circles as an em­barrassment to the judiciary in the recent past.

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The CJN, who was report­ed to be worried over the de­velopment, intends to use the meeting to get facts for an informed NJC deliberation expected to hold next week.

It would be recalled that after Anambra gubernato­rial primaries, aspirants of different political parties got conflicting court orders from courts of coordinate jurisdic­tions to undo each order.

Of late, following attempt to remove Prince Uche Sec­ondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members also forum shopped to undo each other, going from one court to the other obtaining conflicting orders to the em­barrassment of discerning watchers.

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