2019 rigged poll: Atiku inaugurates his legal team.
Atiku legal team.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, at the weekend inaugurated his legal team to challenge the result of the February 23, 2019 election.
The team is headed by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN).
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on February 27 declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the election.
However Abubakar on February 28 rejected the result, citing several malpractices, including the use of the military to perfect voters’ intimidation and suppression in PDP strongholds, connivance of INEC officials, security agents and the ruling party to manufacture bogus figures and outright falsification of the returns from the polling units.
Consequently he had given notice that he will use all available legitimate means to challenge the result of the election.
On Thursday night the PDP presidential candidate met with members of the National Peace Committee, prompting concerns in some quarters that he may have been prevailed upon not to proceed with the challenge.
Abubakar said: “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.”
Abubakar assured Nigerians that sooner than later, these noble dispensers of justice will give a judgement that will represent a historic denunciation of electoral fraud and mandate bandit.