The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has confirmed that it has served the All Progressives Congress, APC, a notice of petition challenging the victory of Kayode Fayemi, the party’s candidate, in the July 14 Ekiti governorship election.
The legal team of Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, the petitioner and candidate of the PDP in the election, confirmed this on Friday.
The election tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, had granted leave to the PDP to serve the petition notice through substituted means to the APC and its candidate by pasting it at the court premises and usage of courier services.
But Obafemi Adewale, a member of the PDP legal team accused the APC of evading by locking its state secretariat in order not to be served with the notice.
He, however, noted that with the mandate of the tribunal, the notice to the APC has now been “effected.”
Adewale said, “The APC locked up its state secretariat to evade service and waste time. But we went back to the tribunal to get an order for substituted service and as I speak, effective, regular and valid service of the petition has been effected.”
Fayemi won in 12 out of the 16 local government areas in the state, polling 197,459 votes as against Eleka’s 178,121 votes.