Following his decision to head to the tribunal to contest the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s election, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday inaugurated his legal team, headed by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Wednesday, 27 February declared Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the election.
It would be recalled that the former Vice President had on Thursday, 28 February, rejected the result citing several malpractices including the alleged use of the military to perfect voters’ intimidation and suppression in PDP strongholds, “connivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC officials, security agents and the ruling party to manufacture bogus figures and outright falsification of the returns from the polling units.”
In a statement signed by his media adviser, Paul I’ve, Atiku noted he has elected to head to the election petition tribunal having made known his misgivings to the National Peace Committee.
“I have just inaugurated my legal team and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring that our stolen mandate is retrieved
“I am encouraged by the presence of fearless men and women of the Bench. The judiciary which had in the past discharged itself ably is once again being called upon to deliver judgement on this matter that will be untainted by lucre and uncowed by the threat of immoral power”, the statement read, adding however that two Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Kanu Agabi and Ikpeazu were allegedly threatened by government not be part of the legal team.