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CJN inaugurates 2023 Election Petition Tribunals

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has inaugurated the Election Petition Tribunals to adjudicate over petitions that may arise in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

The event was held at the Andrews Obaseki Auditorium, National Judicial Institute, NJI, as against the Apex court.

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.

Over 300 Judges from States and Federal High Courts were nominated by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongbam to serve on the panel.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye & Daniel Adejo