Coalition of INEC Election Observers, CIEO, for Taraba State Gubernatorial Election, during 2015 general elections yesterday rejected plan by the state election tribunal to relocate their sitting to Abuja.
To drive home their message, the observers staged a peaceful protest against the decision, calling on the State Governor, Darius Ishaku to stop the tribunal from relocating to Abuja, to avoid possible interference.
The observers in a statement signed by the leader of the group, Mr. Abubakar Umar, and made available to Nigerian Pilot, described the move as waste of scarce resources, “as it would entail moving both human and other relevant materials to such a distance, with the high risk of possible accident and sundry attacks on the highways”.
The Observers, while demanding explanation for such move, noted that the relocation of the Tribunal to Abuja, may affect the judgment of the tribunal, even as the opposition party has expressed fear that the ruling People Democratic Party, PDP, may influence the outcome of the judgment.
The leader of the group, however, appealed to the Tribunal Judges to reconsider their stand, and allow the tribunal sit in Jalingo, and adjudicate the cases presented to it by the aggrieved politicians.
Mr. Umar noted that the state is safe enough for the Judges to sit.
They also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene, so as to save Taraba people the time and money that would be expended as a result of the relocation.