The acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, has sworn in no fewer than 13 members of the 2019 election petition tribunals at the supreme court.
The members, who were sworn in on Thursday, March 21, include Justices AO Onovo, RO Odugu, SB Belgore, TAO Oyekan-Abullai, AJ Coker, and EI Oritsejafor.
Leadership reports that others are Justices MC Okoh, OS Olusanya, CA Ononeze-Madu, PU Nnodum and JCL Okibe.
Legit.ng gathers that two members were said to have been absent at the ceremony. They are Justices IO Kasali and MO Obadina.
The judges that were sworn in were admonished by the acting CJN to discharge their duties without partiality or favouritism.
Justice Tanko Muhammed told the judges that they were “thoroughly examined and later fished out from the numerous Judges in the country who are equally eminently qualified for this task".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed, on Thursday, February 13, warned election tribunal judges to desist from any form of partisanship.
Muhammed gave the warning when he was swearing in 17 more judges that would be functioning as chairmen and members of election petition tribunals following the 2019 general elections.
Justice Muhammed asked the judges to keep strictly to the rule of law and consider the constitution as supreme when carrying out their duties.
He said: “I congratulate your lordships for being found worthy to be appointed as chairmen and members of the 2019 Election Petition Tribunals that will start sitting over the avalanche of petitions that will, expectedly, begin to stream in immediately after the general elections slated for February 16th and March 2, 2019 respectively.
“You have just taken an oath that has not only imposed a course of upright morale undertaking on you but equally looped you with destiny. Your participation in these tribunals at this crucial phase of the Nigerian judiciary is not by accident but a clear design of the Almighty Allah."
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