As Nigerians Trend #AllEyesOnTheJudiciary, Here Are Justice Haruna Tsammani’s Most Popular Verdicts. As the longest-serving Justice of the Court of Appeal on the five-man panel of the PEPT, Justice Tsammani has spent half of his 24 years as a judge on the Court of Appeal bench. Though this is his first time participating in the panel of a presidential election petition court, a rarity that only a handful of judges in a generation are opportune to be involved in, Justice Tsammani is well-familiar with intra-and inter-party disputes in Nigeria.
He has been adjudicating on an election petition or political case. He is ranked 12th on the seniority list of the Court of Appeal. Here are 4 of his most popular verdicts:
1. Justice Tsammani prepared the lead judgment that dismissed Abiola Ajimobi’s petition challenging the judgment of the 2019 Election Petition Tribunal which had on November 19, the same year, upheld PDP’s Kola Balogun as the winner of the senatorial election for Oyo South held on February that year for lacking in merit, holding that a person who was not part of a political party has no right to challenge the outcome of its primary election.
2. On July 4, 2020, he delivered one of the judgments of the Court of Appeal in Abuja that affirmed the second term election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. He also gave the lead judgment of the court that handed back the control of APC in Kano State to the outgoing governor, Abdullahi Gaduje, in February last year.
3. In October 2021, he led the three-member panel of the court that dismissed the suit by the suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, to allow the party to hold a hitch-free national convention.
4. He also led the panel of the court that gave the October 2022 judgment suspending the release of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from custody after the charges against the secessionist were dismissed in an earlier judgment of the court.
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