Written by Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi

The Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal will sit in Abuja following the approval of its relocation from Port Harcourt, the state capital, by President of the Court of Appeal Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.Rivers election

The relocation is due to security reasons.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by Mrs Deborah Musa, the Secretary of the Tribunal, said Justice Ishaq Bello, the acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, approved the FCT High Court, Apo, as the secretariat and trial court for the tribunal.

There has been violence in Rivers State before, during and after the elections. Many people have been killed.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that there were no presidential and National Assembly polls and that the governorship and House of Assembly elections were marred by irregularities orchestrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose governorship candidate Nyesom Wike was declared winner. Wike’s election and those of federal and state lawmakers are to be challenged by the APC.

In Makurdi, the National and State Election Tribunal has begun sitting. In the case challenging the election of Senate President David Mark, who was declared winner of the Benue South Senatorial District for a fifth term, the Tribunal has granted the leave for his opponent Comrade Daniel Onjeh to inspect and obtain the materials used during the March 28 polls.

Onjeh sought the leave of the Tribunal through his counsel, Robertson Abel, for an order of the Tribunal permitting his counsel to inspect materials. Mark contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP). Onjeh ran as an All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

Tribunal Chairman Justice M .A. Dipeolu gave the order after listening to the argument of the APC candidate.

Justice Dipeolu, who granted the leave to move the motion also ordered among other things, that the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) should make all the electoral forms and other materials used for the Benue South Senatorial District available.

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