Group Hails Appeal Court President’s Warning to Election Tribunal Judges

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The Ekiti Justice Group (EJG) has hailed the President of the Court of
Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, over her admonition of judges
handling Election Petition cases against being manipulated by
politicians, saying; “The Appeal Court president must focus her
attention on judges handling election cases in Ekiti State.”
EJG said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, and signed by its National Coordinator, Mr Gbenga Babawibe, that it had it on good
authority that All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and members in
Ekiti State were already boasting that the judges coming to the State
will do the biddings of the party, adding that “the warning coming
from the President Court of Appeal is heart-warming.”
Members of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition
Tribunal for Ekiti State include Justice A. M. Erhabor (from Edo
State), Justice A. T. Lamina (Ogun State) and Justice P. A. Obayi
(Enugu State).
The statement reads: “Justice Bulkachuwa had warned Tribunal judges to be impartial, independent and should not be subject to political
influence or manipulation, saying that each tribunal member or staff
will be closely monitored by her office and she will not hesitate to
descend on any judge found wanting in the discharge of his/her duties.
“On Tuesday, March 31, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice
Mahmud Mohammed also assured that under his leadership, the judiciary would not be used to change the outcome of elections.
“No doubt, this assurance, coming from the number one and two judicial
officers in Nigeria is heart-warming.
“However, utterances and body language of leaders and members of the
APC in and outside Ekiti State since the party won the presidential election cannot be wished away.
“Boastfully, APC members and supporters in and outside Ekiti State now
go about saying that the party will secure favourable judgments from
the Election Tribunal which will remove from office, some of the elected National and State House of Assembly members.
“It has therefore become necessary that we alert the President, Court of
Appeal, on the need to give more attention to the activities of the
Election Tribunal in Ekiti State, with a view to making sure that the
judges and tribunal staff are not used to truncate the mandates of the
people.”
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