The Rivers State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in
Port Harcourt ordered three political parties and their governorship
candidates to serve their petition to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
through substituted service.
The political parties include the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the
African Action Alliance (AAC) and Labour Party (LP) while their
governorship candidates are Victor Fingesi, Biokpomabo Awara and Isaac
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 today to enable us serve our petition on the Executive Governor
of Rivers State by substituted service.
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.