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Recall that the PDP had accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of reneging on its promise of free, fair and credible elections.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has inaugurated the legal team to challenge the controversial presidential election of February 25, 2023

Atiku had, while inaugurating the legal team at his campaign headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, charged members to establish the claim of illegality in the February 25 presidential election and reclaim the mandate of the Nigerian people.
The PDP candidate instructed the legal team that apart from reclaiming the mandate from those who undertook the electoral heist, they should also use the opportunity of the trial to strengthen constitutional democracy in the country.
Those listed as members of the team include: Chief Chris Uche (SAN), Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), Tayo Jegede (SAN), Ken Mozia (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Mahmood Magaji (SAN), Joe Abraham (SAN), Mr Chukwuma Umeh (SAN), Dr. Garba Tetengi (SAN) and Chief Emeka Etiaba, SAN.
Others are: Chief Goddy Uche (SAN), Prof. Maxwell Gidado (SAN); the National Legal Adviser of the PDP, A. K. Ajibade (SAN), Mr. O. M. Atoyebi, (SAN), Mrs. Nella Rabana (SAN), Paul Ogbole (SAN), Nuremi Jimoh (SAN), and Abdul Ibrahim (SAN).

In his brief to the team, headed by Chief J. K. Gadzama, SAN, at the conference room of his office at the campaign headquarters, Atiku said; “it was imperative that they worked assiduously to reclaim the mandate, not necessarily because of him and the PDP, but to strengthen democracy and the electoral process and for generations unborn.” 

The party held that figures relied upon by INEC to declare the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, winner of the presidential election were at variance with the actual votes cast.
It also held that INEC failed to abide by provisions of the Electoral Act and its own guidelines to upload the election results from the polling units using the BVAS thereby giving room for the falsification of figures to give the APC an undeserved victory.

Similarly, the legal team of the Atiku-Okowa -led Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, PDP PCC, met shortly after the ruling yesterday to review it.
The spokesman of the Campaign, Mr Daniel Bwala, confirmed the review meeting over the telephone last night.

He said; 

The legal team of the campaign is currently meeting to study the ruling.” The PDP had opposed INEC’s application to reconfigure the BVAS machine to enable it to conduct Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections on the grounds that doing so could jeopardize its case.

According to the opposition party, granting INEC’s prayers is likely to give the election management body a window to tinker with crucial evidence contained in the device.
However, counsel to INEC had argued that sensitive data contained in the device was intact and would not in anyway be compromised during the reconfiguration.


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