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The President of the Court of Appeal, Monica Dongban-Mensem, has ordered the immediate relocation of the Ebonyi State Electoral Petitions Tribunal to Abuja.
The clerk of the court, Nyior Sekulla, made the announcement on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
He said in the court office Ebonyi State The seat of the Judiciary in Abakaliki has been closed since Wednesday, following the directive.
According to him, all processes related to matters before the court would continue in Abuja.
“In compliance with the directives of the HCPA, petitioners, counsel for the parties and the general public are hereby notified that the EPT here in Abakaliki will therefore cease to work in Abakaliki on 26-04-23; filing procedures, carrying out procedures etc. henceforth they will remain in Abuja”.
When asked why he made the decision to move the court to Abuja, Mr. Henry said it was not within his remit to talk about the reasons.
However, he noted that the Rivers State Election Demande Tribunal and that of another state were also affected.
The governorship candidate of the Ebonyi State Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Odii, and Bernard Odoh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, had rejected the statement Francis Nwifuru was the winner of the March 18 election and elected governor of the state.
Mr. Nwifuru, a candidate of the All Progressives Congress, succeeded Governor David Umahi. He is the Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly.
The various political parties were yet to react to the relocation of the electoral court to Abuja.
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