Labour Party revealed that it engaged the services of 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) to challenge the outcome of the presidential election on behalf of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was announced winner of the election after polling 8,794,726 votes to defeat Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar polling 6,984,520 and the Labour Party candidate, who polled 6,101,533 votes.
But both the PDP and Labour Party candidates have approached the court o seek permission for the inspection of election materials during the poll. They claimed that the election lacked transparency and credibility saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been compromised.
At least six states – Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Sokoto – had dragged the Federal Government before the Supreme Court over the conduct of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections before withdrawing the case last Friday.
Umar Farouk, the National Secretary of the Labour Party disclosed some SANs expressed their interest in joining the legal battle to prove Obi’s case.
Farouk said, “We have more than 20 SANs that are willing to participate and offer their services for the renewal and emergence of a new Nigeria. As I am talking to you, our lawyers are working on it.
“But this is not something we can discuss on the pages of a newspaper. All I can tell you is that we have started ‘trekking’ to the court.”
In response to if the Labour Party had gathered enough evidence to win the case, Farouk replied, “If the APC thinks they can pre-empt the court, let them do it. They had earlier pre-empted the election that they were going to win by hook or crook and they had claimed they won. Let’s wait and see. Unlike INEC, the judiciary is a different thing.
“We have seen how independent the commission is. But we need to also examine how independent the judiciary also is in a matter of this magnitude. Let’s see the solace it can offer the masses. Let’s see if the judiciary has also shattered the hope of Nigerians just as INEC did.”
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