The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has ordered substituted service on the All Progressives Congress (APC), its candidate, David Lyon. The court also ordered a substitute service on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the November 16 governorship election.
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.
She said the plaintiff could not unilaterally abridge the time of response of the defence’s lawyer.