The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his party can now serve President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) a petition by substituted service. 

This was granted by the Presidential Election Tribunal on Wednesday. 

According to the court's decision, the petition and other processes would be served to President Buhari through number 40 Blantyre Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja, which is the national secretariat of the APC.

The Counsel to the PDP and its presidential candidate, Mr Chris Uche, had moved an experte motion asking the appellate court to grant the request.

He told the court that it had become impossible to reach President Buhari for personal service.

It is in the interest of justice that the request should be granted, he told the court.

The experte application was predicated on seven grounds, 17 paragraph affidavit and another further affidavit of five paragraphs.

Giving his ruling, justice Abdul Aboki, who heads the three-man panel said the court granted the request of the petitioners in the interest of justice, having examined the issues raised.

"After carefully reading the affidavit and the grounds upon which the experte application was predicated, the court is convinced that it is in the interest of justice that the request of the two petitioners be granted.

”Consequently, the court orders that Buhari, being the second respondent in the petition be served with the petition through any of the senior officials of the All Progressives Congress," he ruled. 

That was another step forward for the petition filed by Mr Abubakar on March 18, challenging the declaration of President Buhari as the winner of the February 23 presidential election.

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He asked the Tribunal to declare him the winner of the presidential election, insisting that he scored majority of the lawful votes cast.

Mr Abubakar and his party also wants the Tribunal to annul the election that returned President Buhari as president and order INEC to conduct a fresh election.

After serving the respondent the petition, a date for the hearing of the petition would be fixed. 

Time is ticking and by May 29, another president is supposed to come in for Nigeria to have a smooth transition from one administration to another. 

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