Abia Election Petitions Tribunal may re-locate to Abuja
Abia Election Petitions Tribunal may re-locate to Abuja.
Indication has emerged that the Abia State Elections Tribunals may re-locate to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
This is due to the strike action embarked for about two weeks now by members of the state Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria ( Jusun) placed the Courts under lock and denies entry to all that have need for judicial service.
The Election Petitions Tribunals who sit within the premises of the state high court at Umuahia, the state capital, were also denied access to the premises and consequently re-located to a hotel in the state capital .
At yesterday’s sitting at the Damgrete Hotel Umuahia, the state Governorship Election Tribunal while hearing the petition filed by the state PDP Guber candidate Chief Okey Ahiwe, granted his application to serve the declared winner of the state 18 March Guber election Dr Alex Otti of the Labour Party the court documents.by substituted means
Lead Counsel for Ahiwe during the day’ s sitting Mr Chukwuemeka Nwaogu had so applied after he submitted that other parties in the case namely the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Labour party had been served but not yet Otti.
The Chairman of the Tribunal Justice M. Gwatana who noted that all reliefs sought by the Counsel in the application were in the right direction, ruled that the Tribunal has no option than to grant the reliefs as sought.