The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has granted leave to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to serve President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) the petition filed against their electoral victories by substituted means.
The petition and other processes are to be served on the president through the national secretariat of the APC on number 40 Blantyre Street, off Aminu Kano crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Counsel to the PDP and its presidential candidate, Chief Chris Uche, while moving the exparte motion, asked the appellate court to grant the request on the ground that it had become practically impossible to reach the president for personal service.
Chief Uche also informed the court that it was in the interest of justice that the request should be granted.
The exparte application was predicated on seven grounds and 17 paragraph affidavit as well as another affidavit of five paragraphs.
In its ruling, the Justice Abdul Aboki-led three-man panel granted the request of the petitioners, according to them, in the interest of justice.
Aboki said, ‘’After carefully reading the affidavit and the grounds upon which the exparte application was predicated, the court is convinced that it is in the interest of justice that the request of the two petitioners be granted
‘’Consequently, the court orders that President Buhari, being the 2nd respondent in the petition, should be served with the petition through any of the senior officials of the All Progressives Congress at its Abuja national secretariat”
In the petition, Atiku is asking the tribunal to declare him the winner of the presidential election, having scored the majority of the lawful votes cast.
The PDP presidential candidates had on March 18 filed a petition challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23 presidential election.
LEADERSHIP reports that no date has been fixed for hearing of the petition on the grounds that the main respondent had not been formally served with the petition as required by law.
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