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Buhari’s appointment of judges is unconstitutional – Court rules

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday September 23, ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari contravened the law by sending the names of 11 nominees selected for appointment as high court judges of the Federal Capital Territory to the Senate for confirmation.

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Oladimeji Ekengba who contended that the forwarding of the names of the 11 nominees by Buhari to the Senate was in breach of section 256(2) of the Nigerian Constitution, Justice Inyang Ekwo agreed with the plaintiff that Buhari acted in contravention of the provision of Section 256(2) of the Constitution by forwarding the 11 names to the Senate.

The federal high court Judge also added that the action of the president could only be permitted or allowed if the appointments concerned the nominees for the head of a court such as the position of a chief judge.

Justice Ekwo further stated that despite the ruling, the president’s action would in no way affect the inauguration of the judges.

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