State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, yesterday granted an ex parte order for a substituted service on members of the state’s Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The committee expelled key members of the party for alleged anti-party activities.
Ruling on the motion, the Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Kate Abiri, said the defendants in the originating suits could be served by pasting the court processes on the fence of the state’s PDP secretariat on Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Road in Yenagoa.
The case was instituted by PDP’s suspended State Chairman Sam Inokoba and a chieftain, Osom Blankson.
It is challenging the legality and constitution of the committee to expel members for alleged anti-party activities.
The defendants are: Governor Seriake Dickson; Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Kemasuode Wodu; PDP’s State Secretary, Mr. Godpower Keku and members of the committee, headed by Mr. Cleopas Moses.
The lead lawyer to the applicants, Dr. Sylvanus Abila, told Justice Abiri that the court bailiff served the first two defendants, adding that the third to 10th defendants had been evading service.
Justice Abiri granted the order for a substituted service.
She adjourned the matter till today to take a motion on the amended application for an interim injunction stopping the party from taking further action against the applicants.
One of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Mr. Jackson Suokiri, expressed happiness over the approval of a substituted service on the defendants.