Akwa Ibom state Election Petitions Tribunals have been ordered to relocate to Abuja, following alleged misconduct by some parties involved in the petitions.
The two Tribunals sitting in Uyo are the Governorship Election Petitions and the National and State Houses of Assembly Elections.
Nigerian Pilot reports that no official statement was issued from the secretariat of the two Tribunals, but a source in the secretariat, who spoke on ground of anonymity yesterday, confirmed the relocation.
Corroborating the source, a counsel to All Progressives Congress, APC candidates at the Tribunal, Mr. Fidel Albert, said the relocation was announced during sitting yesterday.
“The court announced that they are relocating but the venue is not officially mentioned. When enquiry was made as to why the relocation, the chairman said that the order was from the President of Court of Appeal,” he said.
Albert, who is appearing for 23 APC candidates in the National and State Houses of Assembly Tribunal, however, expressed reservations that some of his clients would be affected financially by the relocation.
He noted that the cost of transporting witnesses and materials would be high and burdensome for those clients with little finances.
Albert, who reasoned that somebody must have petitioned the President of the Court of Appeal on the sitting, expressed the hope that the relocation was for the cause of justice.

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