EDO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL
APC AND MR GODWIN OBASEKI SERVED BY SUBSTITUTED MEANS...
The Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Benin City this morning granted the prayer of the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and others in the suit No. EPT/EDS/GOV/3/2016 to serve the APC and Mr Godwin Obaseki their petition by substituted means.
This became necessary as APC and Mr Godwin Obaseki have been dodging and evading service. APC has since hearing that PDP filed a petition with the tribunal Locked and chained its secretariat and barred even the gateman coming to work. Mr Godwin Obaseki has not been seen or heard from since PDP announced that it had filed its petition.
Justice Badamasi the chairman of the tribunal who allowed the petitioners to argue the motion ex parte, outside the pre-hearing session of the court, ruled that the petitioners can serve the APC and Mr Obaseki with the petition and all other processes by substituted means.
He said , " the application is hereby granted as prayed", because, "it falls in line with paragraph 47 first schedule of the Electoral act as amended and Sections 5(6) 5 of the High Court rules", applicable able to the tribunal.
The petitioners had asked the court for an order to enable them to serve the APC and Mr Godwin Obaseki their petition by substituted means , "to wit by pasting the said petition and all other processes on the wall or door of the last known addresses", of the the APC and Mr Obaseki.
The petitioners also told the tribunal that the last known addresses are the APC state headquarters along Airport Road, Benin City, Edo state for the APC and No. 8 Commercial Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo state for Mr Obaseki.
They argued that the grounds for their application were that the bailiff of the Honourable tribunal has made several attempts to personally serve the APC and Mr Obaseki, "but all to no avail", hence they needed the, "leave of the Honourable tribunal is required ", for the APC and Mr Obaseki to be served by substituted means