By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Members of Lagos State House of Assembly have confirmed the appointment of the immediate past Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Ayotunde Philips as the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).
Justice Philips’ appointment, which was confirmed during plenaryÂ on Thursday, followed her nomination by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode through a letter sent to the House few weeks back.
Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez was subsequently ordered to communicate the confirmation of the appointment of Philips to the Governor through a letter.
Justice Philips, who was invited to the House to defend her nomination, said during plenary that she was prepared for the job and that this would halt her retirement, which she had enjoyed for sometime now, adding that she was ready to serve the State.
Some of the lawmakers, who contributed during her appearance, observed that she served the State meritoriously during her tenure as the Chief Judge of the State.
In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa told Justice Philips that the job would require her to go round the State unlike, when she was the CJ.
“You will now need to visit all the Local Government Areas in the State during the registration for the election and during the election proper. You must be ready to do the job as required so that we could have a free and fair election. We count on you since you were successful during your tenure as the Chief Judge,” he said.
Answering questions from the Speaker if it was possible to start speaking Yoruba Language in the courts in the State, Justice Philips said that this would be impossible as some of the people who come to the courts would not understand the language.
“Some of the people, who come to the court do not understand Yoruba Language and when you start speaking Yoruba in the court it would be a ground for appeal for someone, who does not understand Yoruba Language,” she said.