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Agbakoba Tasks Jonathan, Senate on Appointment of New CJN

As the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, prepares to retire at the end of the year, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has advised all the institutions involved in the appointment of her successor, the National Judicial Council (NJC), Presidency and the Senate not to subject  the selection process to politics but do the right thing.
 
Agbakoba equally advised every Nigerian to follow with interest the selection process of the new CJN especially since the occupant of the office presides over the most important court in the country, the Supreme Court.
 
In a statement titled: “Independent Judiciary Crucial for 2015 Elections” and signed by Collins Okeke, Agbakoba said the character of the new CJN would be decisive for the 2015 elections, contending that with the glaring desperation of politicians across parties, there was no doubt that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be overstretched and the judiciary will yet again be the only hope in ensuring stability of the country pre and post 2015.
 
He stated that there was need to financially empower the judiciary since it would definitely be called upon to decide with finality the eligibility of the president to contest the 2015 elections and several other pre and post election issues that would arise.
 
“I am concerned about the political condition of the country going into 2015 elections. With the glaring desperation of politicians across parties, I fear INEC will be overstretched and the judiciary will yet again be the only hope in ensuring stability of the country pre and post 2015.
 
The judiciary very likely will be called upon to decide with finality the eligibility of the President to contest the 2015 elections and several other pre and post election issues that will arise. To effectively do that the judiciary must have political and financial capacity.
“The Chief Justice of Nigeria will be retiring this year. The CJN presides over the most important court in the country, the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is also a final court on election disputes.  I admonish all and sundry to follow with interest the selection process to this judicial office later in the year.
 
The character of the occupant will be very decisive for the 2015 elections. I also admonish the chain of public institutions involved in the appointment – the NJC, Presidency and Senate to discountenance politics and do the right thing.”

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