Re-Run Election Tribunal: Petitioners Okays Abuja

As reaction continue to trail the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal to relocate the Rivers State re-run elections petition tribunal from Port Ha

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As reaction continue to trail the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal to relocate the Rivers State re-run elections petition tribunal from Port Harcourt to Abuja due to security reasons. The All Progressive Grand Alliance candidate for the Port Harcourt Federal Constituency-I seat, Chief Hon. Barr. Brave Wobo in the March 19 re-run election in the state has thrown his full weight behind the move. While speaking to National Point in Port Harcourt, Hon. Wobo discredited claims by the People Democratic Party, PDP led government that there is enough security in the state to hold the tribunal sittings here. He said, “Everybody is a living witness of what happened in Rivers State during the re-run elections and as far as I am concerned nobody would again want to put his staff in harm’s way. Which chief judge in the court of Appeal will want to put their staff in harm’s way? You all know they were DSS people who died army, police and a corper who were killed and you want to allow judges to risk there lives here unnecessarily. If the lives of the judges will be well protected in Abuja let them go there.”

On allegation that the plans of the petitioners to take the tribunal sittings to Abuja was to compromise the judgments of the tribunal in their favour. The APGA contestant replied, “It is a pigment of their imagination, people who think and talk like that are being petty.”

On his opinion concerning the refusal of the Rivers State House of Assembly to swear in Hon. Victoria Nyeche over allegation bordering on impersonation, Hon. Barr. Wobo said,

“Those that refuse to swear her in are ignorant of the law. It is a simple thing. The court of Appeal in its judgement said swore her in immediately. You have not obeyed the direction of the Appeal Court and you are now coming to obey that of a lower court. Who is fooling who? They said the House was not fully constituted to carryout the swearing in. Now that they are fully constituted why wait? For the petitioner Livingstone Wechie is a busy body. Criminal matters are state matters. He cannot sue. What he should have done was to petition the Police to carry out investigation on the matter and prosecute if it warrants it.”

It would be recalled the president of the court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, last month related the Rivers State re-run election petition tribunal fr

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