By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Bayelsa State Election Petition Tribunal, led by Justice Ononoeze Madu, yesterday, sat amidst tight security over the petitions against the outcome of the April 11 and 18 House of Assembly elections won by candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the state.
Secretary of the tribunal, Adekunle Sunmonu, described the heavy security presence as routine and usual during the sitting of the tribunal.
At the sitting of the tribunal, ex-parte motions moved by aggrieved applicants for substituted service of petitions on four candidates of PDP and APGA were granted.
Justice Madu, while granting the request by candidates of the Labour Party in Sagbama constituency II, Richard Turner, the United Progressive Party, UPP, in Brass III constituency, that of Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Nembe 1 constituency, Chief Victor Baribote and the PDP in Kolokuma/Opokuma constituency II, Joshua Ebikeme Ongore, said the substituted service should be done with petitions pasted on the notice board of the Tribunal and the residence of affected respondents.