Election tribunal kicks off in Rivers, orders service on Wike at PDP hqr

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By Gladys Nweke

The Rivers State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Port Harcourt has kicked off with high enthusiasm. The tribunal began in the week by ordering three political parties and their governorship candidates to serve their petitions to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike through substituted service.

The political parties and their candidates include Victor Fingesi and his Action Democratic Party (ADP); Biokpomabo Awara and his African Action Alliance (AAC); and Isaac Wonwu of Labour Party (LP).

In separate rulings on three exparte motions filed by the three political parties, the tribunal chairman, Hon. Justice Malami Dogodaji, ordered the parties to serve Wike through the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), located along Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

It was observed that the PDP and its governorship candidate were not represented at the inaugural sitting of the tribunal.

Speaking to newsmen, counsel to the ADP and its governorship candidate, Dalapo Tella-Attoni, noted that there was a second motion taken on the day to enable them serve their petitions on the Executive Governor of Rivers State by substituted service.

He said; “He had made himself difficult to reach, so, the bailiff is yet to serve him. This morning, the Court granted our application.”

Speaking to newsmen also, counsel to the AAC and its governorship candidate, Chijioke Tasie, said, “The matter is all about motion exparte of substituted service to the second respondent. It was granted. We will now serve him at the PDP secretariat in Rivers State.”

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