- Nigeria’s chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, says many election cases will arrive courts after the forthcoming general polls
- Onnoghen urges judicial officers to be courageous and firm in the discharge of their statutory obligations
Nigeria’s chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, has told judges in the country to get prepared to attend to the flood of litigation that will arrive courts after the forthcoming general elections.
Onnoghen speaking on Tuesday, January 8, when administering the oath of office on Justice Uwani Abba Aji, who became the seventh female justice of the Supreme Court, urged judicial officers to be courageous and firm in the discharge of their statutory obligations, The Sun reports.
“We as judicial officers will continue to take very hard decisions in the determination of matters before us otherwise, there will be no project called democracy,” he said.
"Be courageous in the discharge of your duties and always remember your oath of office as doing otherwise will attract the full wrath of the National Judicial Council.
“You journeyed through tick and thing and your elevation to the bench of the Supreme Court is a reward for your hard work.
“You are expected to do more as a lot needs to be done, especially pre- election matters."
Meanwhile, the ruling APC and main opposition party, PDP, have rejected Eurasia Group's prediction on the 2019 presidential election.
The New York-based organisation had predicted that the election between President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of PDP would be inconclusive.
The global advisory firm, had also named Nigeria's forthcoming general elections as one of the world's “Top Risks 2019.” Interestingly, both APC and PDP dismissed the report as a hatchet job with their spokesmen accusing each other as its sponsor.
The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, said in as much as the report hinged its conclusion on perceived ill-health of Buhari; it would lack merit if it failed to attach a report of the president’s state of health duly authenticated by an appropriate medical board.
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