Port Harcourt - The All Progressives
Congress (APC) in Rivers on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict on Gov.
Nyesom Wike’s application challenging the relocation of the Rivers Election
Petitions Tribunal from Port Harcourt to Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Apex Court
had dismissed Wike’s suit challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear
the petition of APC’s governorship candidate in the April 11 poll, Dakuku
Mr Chris FineBone, the State Publicity Secretary of the
party, said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the apex court had affirmed
that the tribunal’s sitting was moved to Abuja because of insecurity.
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"As a party, the APC is grateful that all seven eminent
jurists of the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that there was sufficient
violence before, during and after the elections to justify the relocation of
the tribunal to Abuja.’’
It also commended the reason for the relocation of the
tribunal to Abuja which was to safeguard the lives of the tribunal chairman,
members and witnesses.
The statement said that the party was happy with the observation
of the court that Rivers State was ``a theatre of war’’ and as such protection
of lives of members of the panel and interested parties was paramount.
The APC also noted with satisfaction that the justices for
once again re-affirmed that they were always ready to dispense justice without
fear or favour.
"The significance of all seven eminent justices of the
Supreme Court speaking in one voice in today’s judgment is that the faith, hope
and confidence of the ordinary Nigerian to get justice is assured in the
Nigerian judicial system.’’