The Chairman of Lagos State Local Government Election Appeals Tribunal, Justice Morenike Olasunmbo Obadina at the weekend assured Lagosians that it is their will as expressed with their votes during the local government elections that will be done.
Justice Obadina made this remark after she was sworn in, together with other members of the Tribunal on Friday evening by Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba.
Other members of the Appeal Tribunal include Justice Beatrice Adesuwa Oke-Lawal, Justice Olubunmi Olutoyin Fadipe, Justice Wasiu Animasahun and Honourable Justice Abisoye Bashua.
Justice Obadina said: “On behalf of the members of the Tribunal for Appeal Cases of the local government election, we pledge to do all within our power to work expeditiously before the tribunal, work within the timeframe 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 will be fulfilled,”
She expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to her and the other judges to serve on the tribunal. “I want to pledge that I am going to do all that is within our power to work expeditiously on all the cases that will come before the tribunal and work within the time-frame, as mandated by law”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief Judge, Justice Alogba said that dissatisfied candidates from July 24 Lagos State local government elections can now appeal decisions on election petitions at the Election Appeal Tribunal.
According to him, two tribunals would be sitting at Ikeja and Central Business District at Alausa, Ikeja. “Appeal has started coming in, that is why we are setting up this tribunal.”
‘I have carefully thought about the antecedents of all the judges we are putting forth today. 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 the citizens of the state… Those who have gone to the election tribunal and those who are dissatisfied with the decision of the appeal.”
Justice Alogba reiterated that the tribunal would be the last hope of citizens who are dissatisfied with the results of the local government elections. He therefore urged the judges to be up and doing.