The Court of Appeal sitting in Awka, Anambra State has granted the Anambra Central senatorial candidate of the Labour Party, Victor Umeh, the permission to serve his Notice of Appeal on Senator Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party through substituted means.
Counsel for the appellant, Alex Ejesieme, in a motion experte with Appeal No. CA/AW/24/2023, told the court that the bailiff had made several efforts to serve Ekwunife directly without success.
He accompanied the motion with a 13-paragraph affidavit to support his argument, as well as a bailiff affidavit of attempted service.
Ejesieme described the trial court judgment as “rather unfortunate“ in the light of the numerous decisions of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court on the subject matter.
Presiding judge of the Appeal Court, Justice Hannatu Sankey, granted that the Notice of Appeal should be posted at the entrance gate of Ekwunife’s Campaign Office situated at the Uche Ekwunife Event Centre, Awka.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Ekwunife and PDP had gone to the Federal High Court to contest the validity of Umeh’s nomination in the Labour Party.