By Victor Osehobo, Benin City
The petition contesting the result of the recently held governorship election in Edo state has been served on the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor-elect Mr Godwin Obaseki via the party’s secretariat on Airport Road, Benin City.
This follows an order granted by the governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City on Wednesday in suit No. EPT/EDS/GOV/3/2016 instituted by the PDP, its gubernatorial candidate in the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and others to serve the APC and Mr Godwin Obaseki their petition by substituted means.
Tribunal chairman, Justice Badamasi who allowed the petitioners to argue the motion ex parte (without the other party in court), outside the pre-hearing session of the court, had ruled that the petitioners could serve the APC and Mr Obaseki with the petition and all other processes by substituted means.
He said , “the application is hereby granted as prayed“, because, “it falls in line with paragraph 47 first schedule of the Electoral act as amended and Sections 5(6) 5 of the High Court rules”, applicable to the tribunal.
The petitioners had asked the court for an order to enable them to serve the APC and Mr Godwin Obaseki their petition by substituted means , “to wit by pasting the said petition and all other processes on the wall or door of the last known addresses”, of the the APC and Mr Obaseki.
The petitioners also told the tribunal that the last known addresses are the APC state headquarters along Airport Road, Benin City, Edo state for the APC and No. 8 Commercial Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo state for Mr Obaseki.
They argued that the grounds for their application were that the bailiff of the tribunal had made several attempts to personally serve the APC and Mr Obaseki, “but all to no avail”; hence they needed “leave of the honourable tribunal as required “, for the APC and Mr Obaseki to be served by substituted means.