Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State Election Petition Tribunal has been directed to relocate to Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with immediate effect.
The directive was issued by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban Mensem.
Secretary of the Tribunal, Nyior Henry Sekulla announced this in Abakaliki on Wednesday.
He said that following the directive, the Election Petition Tribunal office at the Ebonyi State Judiciary Headquarters in Abakaliki has shut down from today.
According to him, all processes relating to matters before the Tribunal will continue at Abuja.
He said: “The Honourable Justice Monica Dongban Mensem, President Court of Appeal, HPCA, has through the Deputy Chief Registrar, Election Petition Tribunal (EPT) Headquarters Abuja, directed the relocation of EPT sitting here to FCT Abuja”
“Therefore, in compliance with the HPCA directives, the petitioners, counsel to parties and general public are hereby informed via this medium that, the EPT sitting here in Abakaliki thereby ceases to operate in Abakaliki as at 26-04-23; filings of processes, taking of proceedings etc. shall henceforth continue at Abuja.”
On the reason for the decision to move the Tribunal to Abuja, Mr Henry said it is not within his powers to speak on that.
He, however, noted that the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal and that of one other state are also affected.