Atiku inaugurates legal team to reclaim stolen mandate.
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a legal team to challenge the result of February’s presidential election, his Pual Ibe, his spokesperson said.
The team will be led by Livy Uzoukwu, a senior advocate of Nigeria.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) had on Wednesday formerlly announced Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the election.
Mr Abubakar had, in a swift response to the declaration, rejected the result, on the grounds that the government had implored what he called “voter suppressor” in PDP strongholds particularly in the southern part of the country. Other allegations include the connivance of INEC officials, security agents and the ruling party to make up unrealistic figures that did not come from the polling units.
On Thursday night, the PDP candidate met with members of the National Peace Committee prompting reports he may have been prevailed upon not to proceed with the challenge.
“I have just inaugurated my legal team and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring that our stolen mandate is retrieved,” Mr Abubakar said Saturday, according to his spokesperson, Paul Ibe.
“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,” he added.
Mr Abubakar added “these noble dispensers of justice will give a judgement that will represent a historic denunciation of electoral fraud and mandate bandit.”
I will not mortgage the Peoples’ mandate