The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Wednesday approved the relocation of the sitting venues of the Adamawa and Yobe Election Petition Tribunals to Abuja, for security reasons.
This is contained in two separate statements obtained on Wednesday from the Adamawa and Yobe Election Petition Tribunals, signed by Falilat Orire and Ugwu Chibuike, Secretary of Adamawa and Yobe tribunals, respectively.
The Adamawa satatement said: “I write to inform your media organization that pursuant to the combined effect of Section 133 (3)(a & b) of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, Sections 239 (1&2) and Paragraph 3 (a & b) of the Sixth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.
“The Hon. President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, CFR, considering the security of the Tribunal, the Hon. President has constituted and relocated the Adamawa State Election Petition Tribunal to FCT High Court, Jabi, Abuja, for the Governorship, National/State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.’’
According to it, the Acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice I.U. Bello, had approved the use of FCT High Court, Jabi, as the trial court and secretariat for the Adamawa Tribunal.
The FCT High Court in Nyanya is similarly approved to serve as the secretariat and venue of the Yobe Election Petition Tribunal sittings.
Meanwhile, the FCT High Court Complex in Maitama is to serve as the secretariat and venue for the tribunal sittings of the FCT National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal.