2023: Justice Elizabeth Oji, 13 Others Inaugurated as Electoral Judicial Manual Committee

Honourable Justice Ignatius Agube to Chair 13-Man Committee

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem Thursday 19th May 2022, has inaugurated a 13-man Electoral Judicial Manual Committee (EJMC), for review of the 3rd Edition of the Election Petition Tribunal Manual.

The 13-man Committee which is chaired by Honourable Justice Ignatius Agube is to, among other things; consider the extant decisions of the Courts and Tribunals in the light of the Electoral Act, 2022, and the recommendations of electoral observers such as partners and other critical stakeholders while discharging their assignment.

Members of the Committee are:

  1. Hon. Justice I.I. Agube JCA (Chairman)
  2. Hon. Justice P.O. Ige, JCA
  3. Hon Justice Emeka Nwite, FHC
  4. Hon. Justice Sylvanus Chinedu Oriji, FCT, HC
  5. Hon Justice Oji Elizabeth Ama, NIC
  6. An INEC Rep.
  7. Paul Harris Ogbole, SAN
  8. Y.D. Dangana Esq (H.M LIMAN Chambers)
  9. Kabir Eniola Akanbu Esq, DCR (HQ & EPT)
  10. Ahmed Ibrahim Kala, Esq, Snr. Reg. (Gombe Div)
  11. Altine Duvihrum Maitumbi, Esq, Snr Reg.I (EPT)
  12. Samira Aliyu, Esq, Snr. Reg 1 (Legal)
  13. Valentine Nwakanma, Esq. Reg I PCA CHAM

While inaugurating the Committee, the President of the Court, Justice Dongban-Mensem explained that the objective of the Electoral Judicial Manual (EJM) was to provide quick reference material for all strata of Judges and all persons involved in the electoral adjudicatory process.

According to the Appeal Court President, members of the Committee were carefully selected having regard to their experience and expertise not only in electoral matters but also in general judicial administration.

She urged the committee to among other things, consider the extant decisions of the Courts and Tribunals in the light of the Electoral Act, 2022, and the recommendations of electoral observers such as partners and other critical stakeholders while discharging their assignment.

Justice Monica added that it was her expectation that the exercise would culminate in the production of the Maiden Edition of the Electoral Judicial Manual which was designed to prepare Nigeria’s judicial system for the enormous task imminent with the 2023 elections in focus.

The manual she added, would be a guide on frequently litigated electoral issues so that conflicting decisions can be drastically reduced if not totally eliminated.

She recalled that in the past, the manual was titled, ‘Manual for Election Petition Tribunals,’ which gave it a restrictive connotation thereby limiting its usage and discouraging other electoral stakeholders from accessing and utilizing its rich contents.

Speaking on behalf of the committee, the Chairman, Justice Ignatius Agube, appreciated the President of the Court of Appeal for the confidence reposed in them, assuring that by the grace of God they would discharge their duties to the Glory of God and benefit of Nigeria.


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