The Chief Justice of the Federation, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has tasked judicial officers to rise above every sentiment, tribulation, intimidation and blackmails that may play out in the course of adjudication in the various tribunals of the 2023 general election.
Justice Ariwoola stated this while administering the oath of office to over 300 members of the Election Petition Tribunal for the 2023 general election, in Abuja.
After administering the oath of Office, Justice Ariwoola warned members of the Tribunal to shun acts capable of derailing the country’s electoral process adding that he would not condone any act of recklessness, abuse of power and public trust.
On her part, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dongban-Mensem admonished members of the Tribunal to be in total control of their thoughts, firm and law-abiding in the discharge of their duties.
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said the commission had been joined in at least 600 cases, arising from the recent conduct of party primaries.
In other to forestall conflicting rulings by the Tribunals, the judicial electoral manual 2022 was launched at the event which would serve as an additional guide.