The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) presidential candidate Mr. Aminchi Habu has been permitted to serve his petition on President Muhammadu Buhari through his party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
He said this was based on the grounds that the name of his party and logo were unlawfully omitted from the ballot papers by INEC thereby denying him the opportunity of contesting in the election.
He prayed the court to declare that he was validly nominated by his party but unlawfully excluded by INEC from the election into the office of president thereby challenging the declaration of Buhari as the winner of the Feb. 23.
The three-man panel of justices of the Court of Appeal of the Tribunal headed by Justice Abdul Aboki, made the order allowing substituted service in a ruling on an exparte application brought by the petitioners.
Justice Aboki, in his ruling, said that the panel had carefully considered the ex parte application and had resolved that it would be in the interest of justice if the application was granted.
He consequently ordered that the petition and other processes be served on Buhari through the office of the National Legal Adviser of the APC at it’s National Headquarters, 40 Blantyre Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse II, Abuja.
Habu and his party want the tribunal to declare the victory of Buhari and the APC at the Feb. 23 presidential election null and void.
The petition has the president, INEC and the APC as respondents.