The judge, Justice Joseph Ikyegh who delivered the ruling in the applications brought before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has been transferred.
We report he was transferred to become the presiding justice (head) of the Port Harcourt division of the Appeal Court.
The development was made known by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem while announcing the 2023 posting of Justices of the court.
Other justices were also affected according to the posting letter, dated March 7 and signed by the Appeal Court President with some designated as Presiding Judge (PJ) and others as members.
A breakdown of the posting revealed that a total of 20 Presiding Justices (PJs) were posted across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
According to the letter, the Lagos division has seven justices, with Justice J. O. Bada as Presiding Justice (PJ), with Justices O. F. Ogbuinya, O. A. Otisi, F. O. Oho, A. S. Umar, A. M. Bayero, and M. I. Sirajo as members.
Kaduna division with four Justices has Justice C. N. Uwa as PJ and Justices Audi Wambai, M. B. Idris, and M. S. Hassan as members.
The Ibadan division has Justice M. A. Adumein as PJ and Justices Yargata Nimpar, Gabriel Kolawole, and A. B. Mohammed as members.
For Enugu division, Justice U. I. Ndukwe-Anyanwu is PJ, with Justices J. O. K. Oyewole and J. E. Ekanem as members.
Similarly, Justice T. N. Orji-Abadua was posted as PJ of Benin division, with Justices F. O. Akinbami and S. O. Nwaka-Gbagi as members.
In Jos division, Justice T. Y. Hassan is PJ, while Justices I. A. Andenyangtso, J. G. Abundaga, and Olasumbo Goodluck are members.
Port Harcourt division has Justice Joseph Ikyegh as PJ, while Justices S. T. Hussein, F. A. Ojo, and A. Waziri are members.
Abuja division with seven Justices is to be presided over by Justice H. S. Tsam- mani, others Justices in the division include Justices S. J. Adah, P. O. Ige, O. E. Williams-Dawodu, U. A. Ogakwu, M. Mustapha, and Danlami Z. Senchi.
For Calabar division, Justice R. C. Agbo is PJ while the two members of the division are Justices H. A. Barka and B. B. Aliyu.
Ilorin, which has three justices, is presided by Justice O. A. Belgore and both Justices Bitrus Sanga and K. I. Amadi as members.
Similarly, three justices were posted to Owerri division, which would be presided by Justice J. H. Sankey, with Justices O. A. Adefope-Okojie and S. A. Bola as members.
Sokoto division with four Justices is presided by Justice M. L. Shuaibu, with members Justices R. M. Abdullahi, Ebiowei Tobi, and A. M. Talba as members.
Yola division has four Justices with Justice I. O. Akeju as PJ and the trio of Justices H. A. Abiru, P. O. Affen, and M. L. Abubakar as members.
Justice C. E. Nwosi-Iheme is PJ of Ekiti division with A. M. Lamido and O. A. Adegbehingbe as members, while the Akure division, with three Justices, is presided by Justice O. F. Omoleye, with Justices I. Jombo-Ofo and Y. A. Bashir as members.
Makurdi division is presided by Justice M. A. Danjuma, while members include Justices B. A. Georgewill and I. W. Jauro, Asaba division has Justice Tunde Awotoye as PJ and Justices U. Onyemenam, M. O. Bolaji-Yusuf, and A. O. Obaseki-Adejumo as members.
Justice O. O. Daniel-Kalio is posted as PJ for Awka division, with Justices P. A. Mahmoud and B. I. Gafai as members.
Gombe division has Justice A. A. B. Gumel as PJ, and Justices J. Y. Tukur, M. Danjuma, and A. I. Banjoko as members.
Kano division has Justice Ita Mbaba as PJ, while Justices B. M. Ugo and U. A. Musale are members.