Appeal Court President bemoans large number of election cases, effect on the judiciary

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has bemoaned the volume of lawsuits emanating from elections in the country, adding that it was preventing judges from dealing with other cases, including those bordering on the economy.

Justice Dongban-Mensem, who stated this on Monday at a special court session marking the commencement of the 2023/2024 Legal Year in Abuja, revealed that from the 2023 general elections, 1,209 petitions arose, necessitating the setting up of 98 panels of judges to adjudicate on them,

While giving a breakdown of the petitions, she said five were filed at the Presidential Election Petition Court; 147 at the senatorial election tribunals; 417 at the House of Representatives elections tribunal; 557 at the Houses of Assembly election tribunals and 83 focusing on the governorship elections.