Anxiety pervades the states of Kano, Sokoto, Imo, Bauchi, Plateau and Benue following the suspension the judgement by the Supreme Court on appeals against the states governors.
The governors whose appeals are affected include Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Samuel Ortom (Benue).
The mood in the affected states indicates that there was palpable tension in the camps of both the petitioners and the respondents in the election cases.
The supporters of the affected governors, it was learnt, have literally relocated to the various Government Houses of their principals to keep vigil for the outcome of the judgement scheduled for Tuesday January 14, 2020.
Earlier in Imo State, there was tension following the announcement by the Supreme Court that it was going to deliver judgment on Monday (January 13) against the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
While members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are upbeat that the Supreme Court would uphold Ihedioha’s victory, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) were hopeful that the judgment would go in their favour.
In Sokoto also, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP won with a slim margin of 342 votes after a supplementary election.
The All Progressives Congress in Sokoto State and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Sokoto, challenged the victory up to the Supreme Court.
The hearing of the appeals of the affected governors was suspended by the Supreme Court on Monday following rowdiness and alleged high noise level in the court.
Though the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, was also present in the court, the Supreme Court adjourned till today the hearing of 13 appeals filed in respect of the governorship tussles in the affected states.
Muhammad abruptly suspended proceedings after indicating that an unnamed member of the seven-man panel was seriously ill.
The panel was being expected back to resume sitting when, in about an hour’s time, a top official of the court announced to the packed courtroom that all the appeals had been adjourned till Tuesday.
How some party members are alleging that there could be upset as the judiciary had never shown fairness in matters concerning the ruling party and the opposition.
They said it could be “Justice delayed and Justice denied, ” but urged the leaders of the Apex Courts to uphold the integrity of the judiciary.