Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has employed the companies of a US lobbyist agency to advance his problem of the result of the February 23 presidential polls.
President Muhammadu Buhari defeated Atiku with over three million votes within the election however he rejected the outcomes and filed a swimsuit earlier than the presidential election petition tribunal difficult the method which he mentioned was “heavily militarised” and outcomes manipulated.
According to a report by Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), Bruce Fein, former justice division official and his agency Fein & DelValle PLLC registered on March 24 as international brokers on behalf of PDP and Atiku.
The agency is predicted to “encourage Congress and the executive to forbear from a final declaration and recognition of Nigeria’s February 23, 209 presidential election until outstanding legal challenges to the initial government of Nigeria assertion that incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was the victor are impartially and independently resolved by the supreme court of Nigeria without political or military influence, intimidation or manipulation”.
Atiku is looking for to be recognised by the US because the president of Nigeria, and halt the ultimate declaration of Buhari because the president till the matter is dominated upon by the supreme court.
According to the agency, elements of its companies on behalf of Atiku consists of to “Meet and seek the advice of with members of Congress and workers in an effort to go House and Senate decision(s) to forebear from a remaining declaration and recognition of a winner of the 2019 Federal Republic of Nigeria presidential election pending authorized challenges to the preliminary assertion that incumbent President Buhari was the victor are impartially and independently resolved by the Nigerian judiciary in accordance with the rule of regulation and due course of, free from navy or political affect
“Draft articles and op-ed items to highlight the problems in Nigeria post-2019 presidential election arid to advertise the rule of regulation and due course of in resolving electoral disputes in Nigeria.
“Make television and other media appearances to engage in public advocacy discussions of these issues.”
In a letter replying Atiku’s request for his or her companies, the agency mentioned a “Nigerian barrister and trusted confidant of Your-Excellency Dr. Lloyd Ukwu, will assist in the operations of the U.S. Situation Room”
It added that Fein will probably be paid $30,000 over a 90-day contract.
The agency mentioned its lobbying effort will exhibit that an Atiku presidency is “the will of the People.”
It added that its companies will persuade the United States that an “Abubakar presidency” will open a contemporary and new chapter in Nigerian politics, whereas “highlight the declining rule of law, democracy and clue process in Nigeria under the APC and the current administration.”
It mentioned it should set up that if Atiku “is denied victory”, issues like genocide, poverty, corruption and strife will “undoubtedly continue.”
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