The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, granted permission to Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to serve his petition challenging the February 25, 2023, Presidential election.
Obi is challenging the victory of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, on 1 March, declared Tinubu Nigeria’s president-elect after he reportedly polled 8.8 million votes.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Ikechukwu Ezechukwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in an ex-parte application, asked the appellate court to grant Obi and the Labour Party leave to serve the petition on Tinubu and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, through substituted means.
Ezechukwu argued that it has been necessary to serve the court filings through “substituted means” on Messrs Tinubu and Shettima owing to heightened security protection around the president-elect and vice president-elect.
The lawyer urged the court to permit Obi to serve the court documents on Messrs Tinubu and Shettima through the office of the legal adviser of the APC.
Ruling on the application on Friday, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, led by Haruna Tsammani, granted Obi’s request.