The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was on Wednesday granted permission by The Court of Appeal in Abuja to serve a petition challenging the result of the February 23, 2019 election on President Muhammadu Buhari via substituted means.

The “pre-hearing session” of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, composed of a three-man bench granted the request contained in the petitioners’ ex parte application that Buhari, who is the second respondent to the petition, be served through any senior official or an officer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Justice Abdu Aboki who led the panel granting the ex parte application, also delivered the lead ruling, saying “it is in the interest of justice” to grant the prayers in the petitioner’s application.

The petitioners’ lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), had earlier moved the application.

The petitioners had on March 18, 2019, filed their case to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Buhari and his party, the APC, as the winner of the election.

INEC, Buhari and the APC are the first, second and third respondents respectively.

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