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.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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