Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set for a legal duel with President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.
The PDP, yesterday, inaugurated its legal team, which would lead the party’s legal onslaught against Buhari and the APC.
Presidential candidate of the party and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, inaugurated the legal team. A statement signed by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, said the team is headed by Dr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN).
“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 judgment on this matter that will be untainted by lucre and uncowed by the threat of immoral power,” the statement quoted Atiku as saying.
He assured Nigerians that sooner than later, “these noble dispensers of justice will give a judgment that will represent a historic denunciation of electoral fraud and mandate bandit
The PDP National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, had earlier confirmed the inauguration of the legal team in a telephone chat with Sunday Sun. However, Enoidem declined to provide further information on the issue.
“Yes, it (legal team) is being inaugurated about now (yesterday afternoon). But I cannot tell you more. It is not a media affair,” Enoidem stated.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Buhari winner of the presidential contest. He scored a total of 15, 191, 847votes to defeat Atiku who garnered 11, 255, 978 votes.
Atiku had said he would challenge the result of the election in court. Since he made that declaration, there have been calls from many quarters for him to let go and concede to Buhari.
Regardless, the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, said nobody could stop the opposition party from going to court to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential poll