The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Tanko Muhammad,has Sworn-in 85 new judges for Edo and Ondo State election petition Tribunal with a charge to them to give good account of themselves.
The judges would adjudicate on election petitions arising from the forthcoming governorship elections in the two states as well as the bye-elections scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in other states.
While swearing-in the Judges on Thursday in Abuja,the CJN warned them against recklessness, abuse of power and public trust.
“I will not condone any act of recklessness, abuse of power and public trust. This is a rare opportunity and you must give good account of yourselves,” the CJN warned.
Justice Muhammad also implored the tribunal members to be firm and upright and not to be swayed by sentiments and cheap blackmail in the course of discharging their duties.
There is no doubt that temptations, tribulations, intimidation and even sheer blackmails may be unleashed on you.
“As thoroughbred judicial officers, you must guide your loins to rise above all and do what will earn you accolades in the court of public opinion,” Justice Muhammad said.
The CJN told the judges that there was no mountain too high to scale and there was no goal too difficult to achieve as far as they were firmly resolved to attain higher heights in life.
According to the CJN, you are expected to conduct your affairs within the ambit of the law and the oath that has just been administered on you, as anything short of that will place you on the wrong side of history.