By Akomolafe Olumide.

Olumide Akomolafe

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola, has served Governor Kayode Fayemi the Notice of Appeal, Records of Appeal and the Appellate brief of argument.

The notice was served on the governor through substituted means at the state Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This followed an Interim Order of service granted the appellant by the Supreme Court.

The order granted by Justice Olabode Rhodes – Vivour was that the processes could be served on any APC State officials or pasted on the wall of the APC Secretariat situated at Ajilosun Street, Ado Ekiti.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the APC Fayemi as the winner of the governorship election.

The Election Petition Tribunal in its judgment on the 28, January 2019 ruled in favour of the APC candidate, Dr Fayemi by dismissing the petition of PDP candidate as lacking merit.

Dissatisfied with the ruling of the tribunal, the PDP candidate filled an appeal at the Court of Appeal and the appellate court on 28 March 2019 delivered judgment against the Appellants PDP and its candidate therein affirmed the decision of the trial Court.

The  Legal Adviser to the PDP, Mr Sunday Olowofela, who spoke to reporters after the substituted service was served on APC and its candidate, said “upon filling of Notice of Appeal, compilation of records and brief of arguments, other respondents without much ado have received copies of the enumerated process while the 3rd respondent allegedly traverse the Country in a ploy to evade service after his Counsel declined receiving the processes claiming that he was not briefed to so receive the court process.