The Federal High Court of Nigeria has dismmised public statements credited to the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) concerning succession to the leadership of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.
The Coalition had alleged that there’s a plot to stop the emergence of Justice Tsoho as the substantive Chief Judge of the court, saying the plot is being driven by ethnic and religious sentiments.
But in a statement from Office of the Chief Registrar, Federal High Court on Sunday, it said that the court and by extension, the entire judiciary, has well-established policies and procedures guiding the issue of succession, dismissing insinuations that such practices might have been discarded.
“Our attention has been drawn to some media reports and press conferences 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.
“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 statement stated.