The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja has granted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 election, the permission to serve President Muhammadu Buhari through substituted means.
A three-member panel of the tribunal, led by Appeal Court justice, Abdul Aboki, granted the request on Wednesday, following an application by the PDP through Chris Uche, its lead counsel.
Uche and his team of lawyers had approached the tribunal with their petition after analysing the items used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to reach the conclusions announced following the February 23 election.
Atiku had rejected the results and asked the tribunal for permission to access the items used for collation by the electoral umpire. He claimed he had defeated Buhari by over 1.6 million votes.
In the fresh ex-parte application on Wednesday, Uche said they had written in a petition filed at the tribunal on March 25, a request to allow the PDP serve Buhari and his party through substituted means.
Uche said the reason for their application was because the petitioner has not been able to serve the respondents with their petition.
According to the application, the PDP also asked for permission to serve the APC through any of its senior officers at the secretariat of the party, located off Ademola Adetokumbo crescent, Abuja.