There were indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may have hurried sacked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen to prevent him from swearing in election petition panels scheduled for today Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Onnoghen, it was learnt, has scheduled Saturday January 26 for the inauguration of judges that will adjudicate over the conduct of the 2019 elections in the country.
Sources said that the number judges for election panels to be sworn are put 250 judges, and the source said, “There are a total of 250 members who would sit on the election panels. The panels comprise National Assembly Election Petition Tribunals, Governorship Election Petition Tribunals, and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunals.
“His sudden removal was aimed at either stopping the event or removing some judges on the lists. That is what will happen.”
It was gathered that judges that would make the panels had arrived Abuja, with the hope that they would be inaugurated on Saturday.