Rivers governor-elect, Nyesom Wike apparently doesn’t want to be served with election petition papers by the All Progressives Congress.
At the inaugural sitting of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Apo, Abuja on Wednesday, the petitioners alleged through their counsel, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), that Wike had been evading service of the processes of their election petition seeking the nullification of the results of the poll.
He said efforts to serve the court papers on the governor-elect failed due to the attitude of residents in Wike’s Port-Harcourt and Abuja residences.
Akeredolu said the court bailiff had on a number of occasions visited Wike’s homes in Abuja and Port Harcourt but was always turned back at the gate by the governor-elect’s agents when they found out the bailiff’s mission to serve court processes.
He urged the court through an ex parte application to allow the petitioners to serve Wike through the substituted means of pasting the process on the wall of his house to avoid a delay of proceedings.
In response, Justice Muazu Pindiga and his tribunal granted the request of the petitioners, ordering substituted service to be effected on the respondent either by pasting the court processes on the gate of his house or that of the Peoples Democratic Party secretariat in Port Harcourt or in Abuja.