By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the weekend inaugurated his legal team to challenge the result of the 23 February presidential election.
The legal theme 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,” Atiku said in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mazi 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 judgment on this matter that will be untainted by lucre and uncowed by the threat of immoral power,” he added.
Atiku Abubakar 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 Independent National Electoral Commission had on Wednesday, 27 February declared President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the election.
However, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, 28, rejected the result alleging 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 legal threat.