Court orders Tinubu to respond to Atiku, Obi petitions
A Federal High Court said Tinubu was deliberately avoiding petitions filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party.
Bola Tinubu, the president-elect and candidate for president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was charged on Friday with purposefully disregarding petitions submitted by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP).
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The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which is located in Abuja, on Friday, ordered that Tinubu be served with copies of the petitions that sought to overturn his election.
Judge Joseph Ikyegh presided over a three-member court panel that issued the order directing service of the petitions on Tinubu through the APC.
Following the filing of separate ex-parte applications by Peter Obi of the LP and Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, the court issued its decision.
The duo accused Tinubu of deliberately avoiding the service of their petitions on him.
They told the court that several attempts they made to effect service of the petitions on Tinubu proved abortive.
Atiku’s application on Friday was moved by his legal team led by Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), while that of Obi and LP was moved by Ikechukwu Ezechukwu (SAN).
Justice Ikyegh-led panel ruled, “Having heard the applications by counsel to the petitioners including the affidavit in support, the applications are hereby granted.”
The panel equally granted leave to the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, to also serve its own petition on Tinubu, via substituted means.