No fewer than 13 members of the 2019 Election Petition Tribunals were sworn-in yesterday by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, at the Supreme Court.
The members are Justices A.O. Onovo, R.O. Odugu, S.B. Belgore, T.A.O. Oyekan-Abullai, A.J. Coker, and E.I. Oritsejafor. Others are Justices M.C. Okoh, O.S. Olusanya, C.A. Ononeze-Madu, P.U. Nnodum and J.C.L. Okibe. Meanwhile, two members could not attend the ceremony. They are Justices I.O. Kasali and M.O. Obadina.
Earlier in his address, the acting CJN admonished the Judges to be of good character and endeavour to live above board, as all eyes are on them with a view to seeing them dispense justice without a tinge of partiality or favouritism.
He further alerted them on the sacred nature of the oath they had taken, stressing that it has become a bond between them and their creator, as no room would be given for excuses or any performance below approved standards.
Speaking further, Justice Tanko Muhammad informed the new tribunal members that they were “thoroughly examined and later fished out from the numerous Judges in the country who are equally eminently qualified for this task.”