The Yola branch of the Nigeria Bar Association has criticized the relocation of the Adamawa Governorship/National Assembly and House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal to Abuja.
The NBA branch chairman, Abubakar Babakano, said the relocation was unnecessary since there was no security threat in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
Mr. Babakano said the association would go to the Court of Appeal so that the decision will be rescinded and if it has to, write the National Judicial Council.
Mr. Babakano also urged the Adamawa State Government to get involved in the struggle to return the tribunal to the state.
The Adamawa Governorship/National Assembly and House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal was relocated to Abuja for “security reasons”.
In a statement, the Secretary of the Tribunal, Falilat Oluwatoyin, said the relocation was approved by the President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.
“The Hon. President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, considering the security of the Tribunal has constituted and relocated the Adamawa State Election Petition Tribunal to FCT High Court, Abuja.
“The Hon. Acting Chief Judge of FCT (Hon. Justice I.U Bello) of FCT High Court, has approved the use of FCT High Court as the trial court for the Tribunal while the secretariat is at the same venue”, Ms. Oluwatoyin said.
In another vein, Mr. Babakano stated that the NBA is unhappy about the on-going strike which has lasted for about four months. He said the association is trying to bring the parties involved to an amicable settlement.