Ondo tribunal approves substituted service, as APC, PDP evade service of court papers

High Court

Following allegations of evasion of court processes leveled against each other by the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, the National and state Houses of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Akure has granted 10 applications on substituted service.

The applications were as requested by counsels representing the petitioners who had difficulties serving notices to the defending political parties.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Anthony Ogar, ‎gave the order after counsels for both the PDP and the APC sought an exparte motion to enable them serve each other the petitions in respect of disputed results for last assembly elections.

Lead counsel for the APC, Tunji Abayomi, accused the PDP of evading service in respect of Idanre‎, Ondo West 1 and 2 as well as Idanre constituencies.

He expressed satisfaction at the gesture of the judge, thanking him for granting the order.

Counsel to the PDP, Remi Olatubora, said he had briefed the state PDP Chairman, Clement Faboyede, to personally collect all petitions against the party at the tribunal registry.

He urged the APC to do the same for all the five petitions against the five seats it won in the last assembly elections.

The seats disputed are Akoko Southwest 1 and 2, Akoko North West 1, Akure South West 2 and Owo Constituency 2.

With the order of substituted service granted by the tribunal, concerned parties now have 14 days to respond to the petitions against them.

The three-man panel has before it 17 petitions, of which four petitions are on the National Assembly Poll, while 13 are on the State House of Assembly election.

The tribunal has urged parties to diligently conduct their petition as it has only 180 days to decide on the petitions.

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