Members of the 2019 presidential election court have been recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court.
The first two who headed the five-man court are Justices Abdu Aboki and Mohammed Garba.
Another two who made the list of four candidates recommended for this appointment are Justices Tijjani Abubakar and Mohammed Saulawa.
In s statement released on Friday by the Director of Information of the National Judicial Council, Mr Soji Oye, he disclosed that while Justice Abubakar represented the North-East Zone on the apex court’s bench, the rest of Justices Garba, Aboki and Saulawa, are to represent North-West.
Oye further stated that the current 12 Justices, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, comprised two Justices from North Central, one from the North-East, one from North-West, three from South-East, one from the South-South and three from the South-West.
Justice Mohammed Garba led the five-man Presidential Election Petition Court which heard the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of Buhari at the last year’s poll.
The court in a unanimous judgment that was later affirmed by a seven-man panel of the apex court dismissed Atiku’s petition, affirmed Buhari’s victory at the poll and laid the dispute over the election to rest.
There has been a steady decline in the number of Justices in the Supreme Court in the last two years, though it currently has 12 Justices on its bench and despite this, President Buhari refused to attend to the list of four Justices comprising Justices Adamu Jauro, Emmanuel Agim, Sam Oseji, and Helen Ogunwumiju, recommended to him for appointment to the apex court’s bench since October last year.
The newly recommended four nominees will add to the previous four, to make a new list of eight candidates recommended for appointment to the apex court’s bench.