The Nigerian Judiciary says it will ensure that the electoral disputes that may arise after the 2019 general election are determined without fear or favour as an independent arbiter.
Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen stated this at the Special Session to mark the beginning of the 2018/2019 Legal year and swearing in of newly conferred Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
The CJN also urged members of the Nigerian Bar to partner with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that eligible voters are sensitised on the need to participate on the electoral process peacefully and lawfully.
“As we prepare for the 2019 general election I reiterate that the Judiciary will, in determining electoral disputes, continue to play the role of independent arbiter,” he stated.
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro advised the newly conferred Senior Advocates not to abuse their new status as it could be suspended or withdrawn on account of bad behaviour or professional misconduct.
The NBA president also urged them to be role models and mentors to the younger colleagues who look up to them.
According to the NBA President; “You are no more ordinary persons or citizens of Nigeria or lawyers, you are the leading lights of the profession, leaders of the Nigerian Bar and leaders of thought in the society.”
Mr. Oba Maduabuchi, on behalf of the newly conferred Senior Advocates stated that the new status is in recognition of excellence and dedication to the legal profession. He assured Nigerians that they will do everything legal and lawful to uplift and sustain it.
“This elevation shall heighten and enliven our dedication to the practice of law,” he said.