The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been accused of deliberately avoiding petitions filed by his opponents to nullify his election.
The accusation was made by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
It was gathered that Atiku and Obi have re-approached the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) with ex-parte applications, seeking to be allowed to serve the petitions on Tinubu, through substituted means.
In their applications before the court, Atiku and Obi decried that all effort to effect personal service of their petitions on him, proved abortive.
Recall that Tinubu, who was on March 1, declared as the winner of the presidential election, is currently out of the country.
Owning to an affidavit of urgency that accompanied the motion ex-parte, the court said it would hear Atiku and Obi’s applications by 11am today (Friday).
INEC had declared Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the presidential poll, ahead of 17 other candidates that contested the election.
According to INEC, Tinubu, scored a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku who polled a total of 6,984,520 votes and Obi of the LP who came third with a total of 6,101,533 votes.
However, both Atiku and Obi rejected the outcome of the election which they insisted was rigged in Tinubu’s favour.
Aside from accusing INEC of acting in breach of its own electoral Regulations and Guidelines, the petitioners equally argued that Tinubu was not legally qualified to participate in the presidential contest.