The People Democratic Party Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has been granted permission by the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja to serve President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress election petition through substitute service.
The court said the service would, therefore, be done through the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, National secretariat located at Blantyre street, Wuse II, Abuja.
Abdul Aboki, the Presiding Justice who granted the leave, said that the process would be deemed as properly served on Buhari.
The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, Wednesday granted permission to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, to serve his election petition through a substituted service to President Muhammadu Buhari.
This development, however, arose on the premise that Atiku’s counsel, Chris Uche SAN, said it has been difficult to serve Buhari given his retinue of aides at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The lead counsel in his word stated that:
“We have a motion exparte for substituted service on the respondent. The motion dated March 22, praying for the leave of the court limiting the application to be taken before the court and granting leave to the petitioner (PDP) to serve Buhari through any officers or officials at his office or party secretariat.”
Aboki added, “After reading the affidavit in support of the motion exparte and, listening to the petitioner’s counsel, we are of the opinion that reliefs sought should be granted.
“Leave is hereby granted permitting the hearing of the petitioner’s exparte motion.”
DAILY Tells recalls that Atiku through a legal petition has challenged the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, saying Buhari was not the winner of the rescheduled February 23, presidential election.
Atiku has been discourage by some Nigerians not to challenge the outcome of the February 23, Presidential election. But, the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was Atiku’s boss described them as “enemy of the State” and encourages Atiku to go to court and seek for justice.