The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has confirmed that he will be swearing in the members of the various 2019 election petition tribunals on Saturday, January 26.
The CJN made this known through a statement released today through his media assistant, Awassam Bassey, in Abuja.
Onnoghen also described as absolute falsehood, the media reports that he resigned his office, following current allegations against him.
In a statement sent to newsmen today by Bassey, the CJN urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour and added that he is still performing his role as CJN.
“There’s absolutely no truth in the rumours making the round that the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has resigned his office. It is fake news!
“The Hon CJN was in the office all through yesterday (Thursday) and sat in court. As part of his duties, the Hon CJN will be swearing in members of the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship & State Assembly Election Petition Tribunals tomorrow (Saturday 26th January 2019),” the statement said.
Onnoghen is facing trial over alleged false asset declaration brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami has also requested that Onnoghen resigns from office, following the various allegations.
The case, currently ongoing at the CCT was adjourned till January 28 but yesterday the Court of Appeal ordered the tribunal to suspend sitting, pending the discharge of current applications before it.
The Court of Appeal will give its verdict on the matter on January 30.
The appeals were brought by Onnoghen who wants his trial halted, citing lack of merit.