BEVERLY HILLS, October 09, (THEWILL) – The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has ordered substituted service on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and on the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 governorship election, David Lyon.
The court, presided over by Justice Jane Iyang, gave the directive to a former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, in a case he filed against the party, challenging the primary election that led to the emergence of Lyon.
At the preliminary hearing of the suit, Justice Iyang granted the exparte motion for substituted service and three other reliefs sought by Lokpobiri, who was an aspirant in the party’s September 4 primary election.
Justice Iyang, however, declined to issue an order of abridgement of time, which required the defence to enter appearance, file and serve their respective defence process within seven days following the plaintiff’s prayer that the matter required an accelerated hearing saying the plaintiff could not unilaterally abridge the time of response of the defence’s lawyer.
Iyang said following the argument by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mister Fitzgerald Olorogun, that the respondents were running away from being served, the service should be done by pasting the document on the wall.
She ordered that Lyon be served by pasting the service on the campaign secretariat along Isaac Boro Expressway, while INEC’s copy should be pasted on its secretariat along Swali Road.