Hours ahead of his screening and confirmation by the Senate, a civil right group Malcolm Omirhobo foundation has approached the court of appeal to stop the process.
The Senate had scheduled Wednesday, July 17 to screen and confirm Tanko as the substantive chief justice of Nigeria.
At a press Conference organised in Abuja, Chairman of the group, Malcolm Omirhobo urged the Senate to halt Tanko’s confirmation process and allow the court decide the matter.
The plaintiff among other reliefs, is asking the Appellate court to overturn the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which struck out its suit challenging the competence of Tanko Muhammad.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the appeal.
Tanko who has been performing in Acting capacity, if confirmed will replace former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen who retired following allegations of corruption and false assets declaration.