The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former vice chairman, Atiku Abubakar, has inaugurated his authorized workforce to problem the results of the simply concluded presidential election.
According to a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, the workforce inaugurated on Saturday is headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr Livy Uzoukwu.
“I have just inaugurated my legal team and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring that our stolen mandate is retrieved,” Atiku was quoted as saying within the statement.
He added, “I’m inspired by the presence of fearless women and men of the Bench.
“The judiciary which had in the past discharged itself ably is once again being called upon to deliver judgement on this matter that will be untainted by lucre and uncowed by the threat of immoral power.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared President Muhammadu Buhari because the winner of the election on Wednesday, having polled the best variety of votes within the ballot.
In his response, Atiku rejected the end result, alleging a number of malpractices together with using the army to good voters’ intimidation and suppression in PDP strongholds.
He had additionally accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of conniving with INEC officers and safety brokers to manufacture “bogus figures and outright falsification of the returns from the polling units”.
The PDP candidate, thereafter, mentioned he would use all obtainable legit means to problem the results of the election.
On Thursday, he met with members of the National Peace Committee lead by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
Atiku assured Nigerians that earlier than later, the dispensers of justice would give a judgement which he mentioned would symbolize “a historic denunciation of electoral fraud and mandate bandit”.
Meanwhile, the previous vice chairman has vowed that he would underneath no circumstance “mortgage the mandate of Nigerians as freely expressed on the 23rd of February, 2019.”
He raised an alarm of alleged determined strikes to make him concede and congratulate President Buhari.
The PDP presidential candidate additionally alleged that his son-in-law, and finance director of his group of corporations, Babalele Abdullahi, was arrested in Abuja on Saturday, as a part of the strain being mounted on him.
“In a desperate move to have Atiku Abubakar concede and congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari, officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at about 8.30am today (Saturday) invaded the Maitama residence of Babalele,” a separate statement by Ibe claimed.
It added, “They had been, nevertheless, not given entry into the home till his legal professionals arrived.
“As a law-abiding citizen, Atiku Abubakar recognises the constitutional role of the EFCC and indeed any other agency of the government to carry out investigations, but will not be cowed by any attempt to blackmail him into mortgaging his mandate.”