- Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, president of Court of Appeal, urges tribunal justices to discharge their duties without fear or favour
- Bulkachuwa says the judiciary has been a major role player in the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria by adjudicating in all cases that arise from pre-election and post-election activities
- The Appeal Court president tells the judges to discourage the practice of employing undue technicalities or act capable of causing delay in dispensation of petitions before them
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the president of Court of Appeal on Wednesday, March 20, in Abuja, urged chairmen and members of Election Petition Tribunals to dispense justice in accordance with the law without delays.
Bulkachuwa, made the call at the induction ceremony for Justices of the Court of Appeal, chairmen and members of election petition tribunal, held at the Mohammed Uwais Mediation Centre.
She urged the justices to discharge their duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will within the dictates of their conscience and oath of office, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“The judiciary has been a major role player in the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria by adjudicating in all cases that arise from pre-election and post-election activities.
“I want to remind the judges that the assignment ahead of them is enormous and as such, due diligence and professionalism is expected from them.
“Time is of essence in election petition tribunal and you should desist from granting frivolous adjournments,’’ she said.
Bulkachuwa told the judges to discourage the practice of employing undue technicalities or act capable of causing delay in dispensation of petitions before them.
“Each and every one of you will be closely monitored by my office and I will not hesitate to descend on any judge found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, in reaction to the court order obtained by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which halted the conclusion of collation of the Bauchi state governorship election, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to secure court orders to halt the swearing-in of APC candidates at various levels, particularly that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, March 19, in a press statement issued by the party and signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary and director, media & publicity, PDP presidential campaign organization.
The party consequently urged the institution of Judiciary not to allow the APC to entangle the court in its shenanigans to destroy Nigeria's hard-earned democracy.
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