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‘Buhari, APC refused to receive PDP election petition’

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said it had tried to serve President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC) party with the petition on the 2019 presidential election but it had been difficult, hence the decision to service through substituted means.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday granted permission to the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to serve their petition challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 election, on President Muhammadu Buhari through substituted means.
The PDP and Atiku Abubakar had complained in an ex parte application that they had been unable to serve their petition on Buhari personally, one week after filing the petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.
The ex parte application was filed before the Court of Appeal on March 25, 2019, about one week after the petitioners lodged their case at the tribunal in Abuja on March 18, 2019 to challenge Buhari’s victory in the presidential election.
In the ex parte application sighted by The PUNCH after it was heard and granted on Wednesday, the petitioners stated that they had served copies of their petition and the accompanying court processes on both the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress – the first and the third respondents to the petition- respectively.
But they said “it is impracticable and impossible” to serve the petition on Buhari personally, “given the impregnable security and protocol” at the Presidential Villa, also known as Aso Rock, where he resides.

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