New Chief Judge Asks Election Petition Tribunal members To Be Answerable To God Only

New Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has advised 250 Chairmen and members of the Election Petition Tribunals to ensure that they are answeraibel to God only in the discharge of their duties.

Justice Tanko, who swore in chairmen and members of the electoral tribunals today, Saturday said: “I am delighted to address you all on this occasion of the swearing-in ceremony for the newly appointed Chairmen and members of Election Petition Tribunals for the 2019 General Elections that is around the corner.

“Therefore, it is from this oath that your duties and responsibilities as chairmen and members of the Election Petition Tribunals in your various places of assignment spring forth and has a binding effect. This is an ethical undertaking to justice as well as upholding the rule of law in our courts.

“As such, I implore you to discharge your onerous duty diligently and with the fear of God Almighty.”

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The acting CJN, who replaced Justice Walter Onnoghen, said that the judiciary is in the trying time and advised them to stand to protect and uphold the integrity of the judicial arm of government.

“I therefore congratulate you on this appointment and I urge you to see this assignment as a call to greater service to your nation.

“I encourage you to uphold and enhance the honour and standing of the judiciary and I pray that the Almighty God will bestow upon you strength, good health and wisdom in the performance of your duties’’, Muhammad said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Sidi Bage was one out of the remaining 15 justices of the Supreme Court that attended the ceremony along with the acting CJN.

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