Lagos CJ inaugurates council election petition appeal tribunal
The Chief Judge (CJ) of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has inaugurated the election appeal tribunal that will sit on petitions emanating from the recent Council election in the state.
The CJ said the tribunal would be sitting at Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja.
Speaking at the inauguration, the CJ said appeal has started coming, prompting the setting up of the tribunal in accordance with electoral law.
According to him, Justice Morenike Olasunmbo Obadina will chair the tribunal, while Justice Beatrice Adesuwa Oke-Lawal, Justice Olubunmi Olutoyin Fadipe, Justice Wasiu Animahun and Justice Abisoye Bashua are its members.
Speaking on the integrity of the judges, Justice Alogba said: “I have carefully thought about the antecedents of all the judges we are putting forth, I am deeply satisfied with their integrity, hard work, impartiality and honour, concerning justice delivery.
“It is a task you are called upon to do for the sake of integrity. The judiciary is not a money-making arm of the government. The task you are asked to perform is to further cement the relationship with citizens of the state – those who have gone to election tribunal and those who are dissatisfied with the decision of the appeal.”
The CJ, however, reiterated that the tribunal would be the last hope of citizens who are dissatisfied with the results of the local government elections.
The judges were therefore administered the judicial oaths of secrecy and to be up and doing.
The chairman of the appeal tribunal, Justice Obadina expressed gratitude on behalf of members of the tribunal.
She pledged that the tribunal would do all within its powers to work expeditiously within the time-frame as mandated by law.
“I want to assure my lord, the Chief Judge, and the good people of Lagos State that the will of Lagos residents would be fulfilled,” she promised.