The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended 14 judges for appointment into the Federal Court of Appeal. According to a list obtained by SaharaReporters, not one judge of South-Eastern origin is included. The list, which is split into two categories-priority and reserved-shows Justice P. A. Mahmoud, a Benue State indigene, and Nigerian Bar Association AB Mahmoud's wife as the first name in the priority category. The second name on the list is Justice F. Ojo, an indigene of Kwara State and wife of Mr. Bayo Ojo, a former NBA President and Attorney-General of the Federation. Also on the priority list are Justices I. G. Abundaga from Nasarawa State, M. B. Idris from Niger State, and A. M. Talba from Adamawa State.
Others are Justices Kadi M. M. Alkali from Adamawa State, A. I. Adenyangtso from Taraba, A. S. Umar and O. Z. Senchi, both from Kebbi, A. M. Lamido from Sokoto, B. B. Aliyu from Zamfara, Ebowei Tobi, son of the late Justice Niki E. Tobi from Delta State and G.O. Kolawole from Osun State.
Names on the reserved list include Justices O. Itodo (Benue), M. A. Abdul Gafar (Kwara), D. D. Adeck (Nasarawa) D. G. Mann (Plateau) D. G. Goji (Adamawa) and Kadi U. B. Umar (Adamawa). Others are Justices Y. A. Bashir (Taraba), Z. B. Abubakar (Kebbi), I. M. Sani (Kaduna), F. L. Adamu (Kano), I. B. Ahmed (Katsina), M Y Uftsha'u (Zamfara), P. O. Affen (Bayelsa) and O. A. Ipaye (Osun).