The Labour Party has reportedly enlisted the help of 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) to challenge the outcome of the recently concluded presidential election on behalf of its candidate, Peter Obi.
According to a report by Sunday Punch, the SANs are being provided with materials to use as evidence in court to challenge the victory of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 1.
The election was a hotly contested one, with accusations of rigging and manipulation from various political parties. INEC announced that Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), won with a total of 8,794,726 votes. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, received 6,984,520 votes, while Obi of the Labour Party got 6,101,533 votes.
Obi and Abubakar both rejected the results and alleged that the election was not free and fair. In response, the Labour Party has assembled a legal team to challenge the outcome in court. Umar Farouk, the National Secretary of the party, confirmed that over 20 SANs have expressed their willingness to participate in the case.
Farouk said, “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.”
Meanwhile, the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council has expressed confidence in its victory and has dismissed the opposition’s legal challenge. Festus Keyamo (SAN), the council’s spokesman, said that they were not intimidated by the legal threat and that the legal directorate of the council was putting together a team of more than 12 SANs to defend Tinubu’s mandate.
“The number of our advocates is around that figure (12). But I can’t confirm the exact figures at the moment. However, it doesn’t matter the number of SANs the Labour Party is parading. It is not a competition,” said Keyamo. “I am a lawyer and can tell you specifically that the numbers don’t matter. It is all about the quality of evidence. But I can tell you that we have enough to nullify more of their votes than theirs to nullify our own.”