2023 PEPT Ruling: No Amount of Emotion Can Make Us Pander to Public Sentiments – CJN Ariwoola

2023 PEPT Ruling: No Amount of Emotion Can Make Us Pander to Public Sentiments – CJN Ariwoola

by Victor Ndubuisi

No amount of threat, according to Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Olukayode Ariwoola, will cause the judiciary to give in and disregard established laws in favour of focusing on popular opinion.

He revealed this on Monday in Abuja during the commencement of a two-day course for judges reviewing the petition tribunals/court and appeals for the 2023 election.

According to him, “The kind of attention and emotions attached to political matters in Nigeria have collectively made our work more excruciating, painstaking and sometimes endangering as we are occasionally exposed to threats, especially from some elements within the political fold.

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“But like I would always say, no amount of threat or intimidation should make a thoroughbred judicial officer deviate from the law and pander to public sentiments and emotions which are often misplaced”, he stated.


Ariwoola recounted the various challenges encountered during the 2023 election tribunal.

In his words, “No doubt, the adjudication on the 2023 election petitions came with varied challenges that have to be critically assessed and reviewed in order to forge a much better way forward.

“In those areas we have done well, we can literally eulogise ourselves and strive to improve on them.

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“As for those areas that our inadequacies are manifestly obvious, we have to properly address them and bring on board new methods and approaches that would whet our appetite for success”, he added.

He went on to say that the session gave them a chance to go over things that might have been done professionally and with the best of intentions.



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