The secretary of the Rivers state election petition tribunal Deborah Musa said that the tribunal will be holding its sitting in Abuja.
According to her, the acting chief judge of the federal capital territory Justice Ishaq Bello gas approved the FCT high court as the secretariat of the tribunal. She also said that the President of the court of Appeal Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has approved the relocation.
The spate of violence in Rivers state before, during and after the elections has been a source of worries to observers of the political situation in the state. It is feared that the lives of tribunal members cannot be guaranteed in the state. Most people ascribe the state of insecurity in the state as the sole reason for the relocation of the tribunal. They fear that the proceedings of the tribunal will be disrupted by politicians and their thugs.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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