The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State has accused the state Governor-elect, Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of evading service of court summons and other processes in the petition challenging his victory in April 11, election.
It was gathered that the tribunal was told that all attempts by the bailiff of the court to effect service on Mr Wike have been futile due to alleged non-cooperative attitude of the people in the house of the Governor-elect both in Port-Harcourt and Abuja.
The petitioner, Mr Dakuku Peterside of the APC, through his Counsel, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, approached the tribunal at its inaugural sitting in Abuja to move a motion of ex-parte praying the tribunal to grant an order for substituted service on the Governor-elect, following the difficulties experienced in serving him in person.
In a short ruling, Justice Muazu Pindiga granted the prayer of the petitioner and ordered that substituted service be effected on the Governor-elect, either by pasting the court process on his gate or the PDP secretariat in Rivers State or Abuja.
Meanwhile, the tribunal has assured all parties in the suit of justice and fairness in the exercise of its duties.