Determined to prove that the result of the just-concluded presidential election was manipulated, Labour Party has disclosed that more than 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) are poised to assist Peter Obi in the forthcoming legal battle.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the election with 8,794,726 votes.
Per the commission, the presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, came in second, polling 6,984,520 votes, ahead of Obi who got 6,101,533 votes.
Obi and his party rejected the election result, revealing their intention to seek redress via a legal route.
The National Secretary of the Labour Party, Umar Farouk, while speaking on the next line of action stated that some SANs have already expressed interest in aiding them.
“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”, he said.
Responding to whether the party and its leadership have been able to gather evidence to support their claim, Farouk stated: “The court is not a polling box that they can smash and put in what they want.
“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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