The 2019 Presidential Election Tribunal, has on Wednesday, granted the request by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to serve their petition challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019, election, on President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, through substituted means.
Specifically, the petition is to be served on President Buhari through any Senior Officer of his political platform, the APC.
The three-man Panel which sat in a “pre-hearing session” of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, granted the request contained in the petitioners’ exparte application.
Granting the exparte application, Justice Abdu Aboki, who led the Panel and delivered the lead ruling, said: “It is in the interest of justice” to grant the prayers in the petitioners’ application.
“Leave is hereby granted to the applicants, to serve the second respondent to the petition (Buhari), through any Senior Official, or an Officer of the APC at the party’s Secretariat, in Abuja.”
The petitioners’ Lead Counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, had earlier moved the application.
The petitioners had on March 18, 2019, filed their case to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, declaration of Buhari and his party, the APC, as the winner of the election.
INEC, Buhari, and the APC, are the first to the third respondents, respectively.