Appeal Court tasks tribunals on timely resolution of electoral cases.
President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab A. Bulkachuwa, has charged judicial officers on election petition tribunals to observe due diligence and professionalism in adjudication and dispensation of justice on electoral cases.
She stressed that this must be done in accordance with the law without emotions, favour, fear or sentiments to any group or individuals.
Justice Bulkachuwa gave the charge during her address at an induction programme for justices of the Court of Appeal, as well as chairmen and members of election petition tribunals it organised at the Mohammed Lawal Uwais Mediation Centre, FCT High Court, Gudu District, Abuja.
The programme is aimed at keeping the judicial officers abreast of tasks in the adjudication of cases that would arise from pre-election and post-election activities.
By the end of the week, the justices and members of tribunals are expected to be in their various states for the appeals that would follow the 2019 general elections, hence the two-day induction training.
She reminded the participants that in an Election Petition Tribunal, time is of the essence and, therefore, cautioned them against granting frivolous adjournments.
She also urged the judicial officers to discourage the practice of employing undue technicalities or any acts capable of causing delays in the dispensation of petitions before the court.