Kogi state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Henry Olusuyi has implored a 9-man tribunal panel saddled with the responsibility to handle cases arising from local government election not to betray the trust bestowed on them.

Justice Olusuyi dropped these hints at the state High Court, Lokoja on Friday, shortly after he swore in members of the local government election tribunal for Saturday, December 12 election to 21 councils in the state.

He told the members of the tribunal to operative within the law as stipulated by the local government election law of 2004, stressing that the judiciary of Kogi deemed each of the members of the tribunal fit and proper for the assignment.

“You were carefully, consciously selected to be part of the team saddled with this assignment. We see you proper and fit for this assignment. We found you worthy for this assignment, we look up to you not to betray the confidence reposed on you”, Justice Olusuyi expressed.

He stressed that as part of the tradition of the judiciary, as a pacesetter, the onus lies on them to set up a tribunal, interim with the law of the land to handle issues arising from local government election which was slated to take place  December 12, 2020, in the state.

Justice Olusuyi, therefore, charged the tribunal members not to see the assignment as a money-making avenue,  but a place to prove one’s mettle and credibility, according to the law, and with a fear of God.

“Remember, that you are an ambassador of Kogi state judiciary, not to men, but to God. Do not please man, but please God. Our doors are opened to you to come over. We will provide the necessary assistance in the course of the assignment, for an effective and efficient outing, Justice Olusuyi assured.

Speaking on behalf of the panel members, Mrs. Comfort Toluwashe, chairman of panel 1 assured the Acting Chief Judge of Kogi that they will not betray the confidence reposed on them, thanking Justice Olusuyi for deeming them fit for this assignment.

The 9-member constituted panel for Kogi state local government election tribunal which was divided into three different panels has Comfort Toluwashe as chairman for panel1, Ajesola Joseph Sunday, chairman panel 2, and Anivasa Jibrin as chairman panel 3.


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