A Federal High Court on Thursday in Abuja granted a leave for plaintiffs to effect substituted service on the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, outside jurisdiction.
The documents are in respect of a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2013, brought on grounds that Obiano possessed two voter cards for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who presided, made the order after counsel to the plaintiffs, Ifeanyi Nrialike, brought the prayer through an ex-parte motion.
The duo of Ugochukwu Ikegwuonu and Kenneth Moneke, who are the plaintiffs, hail from the state.
“In effecting the substituted service, the plaintiffs are enjoined to paste the processes on the entrance or any other conspicuous parts of Obiano’s residence at 1 Chief Willie Obiano Street, Aguleri Otuocha, Anambra State,” Mohammed said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission is the nominal respondent in the suit.
The plaintiffs alleged that the voter card Obiano tendered before his party for screening was not the same as the one he submitted to INEC.
The plaintiffs then raised three questions for the court’s determination and are seeking five reliefs, including an order disqualifying Obiano from contesting the election.
They also seek an order of mandatory injunction compelling INEC to strike out Obiano’s name from its record as a candidate in the election.
They gave the two voter Identification Numbers (VIN) tendered by Obiano at different intervals to be: 90F5815E7D3738200332 and 90F5B12B01296204172.
The suit was adjourned to December 18 for hearing.