Following the outcome of the February 2019 presidential election, there is fire on the mountain, while the APC party is congratulating itself and popping champagnes all over the place, PDP is gearing up for a Battle Royale.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has decided to head to the tribunal to contest what PDP proponents consider the wrongful declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 2019’s presidential election, by this decision, reports reaching flawlessview.com hints that Atiku inaugurated his legal team yesterday, this legal team is said to be headed by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN.
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Recall that after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election on Wednesday, 27 February, the former Vice President promptly rejected INEC’s verdict on Thursday, 28 February, alleging several electoral malpractics, citing incidences where the military were deployed intimidate voters’ on behalf of the ruling APC to the disadvantage of PDP especially in locations termed PDP strongholds,
The statement read in part
“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 another statement signed by Atiku’s media adviser, Atiku said that he has decided to take his case 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”.
There are unsubstantiated allegations that two Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Kanu Agabi and Ikpeazu were threatened by the ruling government not be part of the legal team.