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The Ebonyi State Elections Petitions Tribunal for the just concluded elections holding in Abakaliki, the state capital, has been moved to Abuja, the Federal capital of the country.
The Secretary of the Tribunal, Nyior Sekulla made this known on Wednesday in a statement which was obtained by The Eastern Updates on Thursday.
The information indicated that the President of the Court of Appeal, Monica Dongban-Mensem was the one who directed that the Tribunal be relocated to Abuja with immediate effect.
Following this development, Sekulla said the office of the Tribunal located within the headquarters of the state judiciary remained closed from Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
This, he noted, means all petitions will now be attended to at the Tribunal office in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ebonyi State have both expressed mixed feelings over the development.
In a chat with The Eastern Updates, the deputy director of the Anyichuks Campaign Council of the PDP, Mr Moses Idika, said only the Court of Appeal knows the reason for doing so.
‘I think only the Court of Appeal knows why it is relocating the panel to Abuja. It’s strictly within their powers to determine where best will serve the interest of justice for all the parties concerned. The PDP is comfortable with the decision of the Court of Appeal, provided it serves the interest of justice. All parties have advanced their cases and evidences,’ he said.
The state publicity secretary of APGA, Hon Nwanchor Chibuike on his part said the party received the news with mixed feelings and expressed dissatisfaction with the recent developments, adding that the reason for such a move was undisclosed by the secretary of the tribunal, Nyior Henry Sekulla.