Sources within the labor party that were interviewed by Punch have claimed that the party has gotten about twenty Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) from different chambers that will challenge the outcome of the February 25 presidential election on behalf of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Recall that THETRUST MEDIA reported the outcome of the just concluded presidential election, where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the winner of the election.
However, sources also disclosed that those lawyers representing the party in court are all well equipped with materials that would be used as evidence in court.
According to Umar Farouk, the National Secretary of the Labour Party,
He 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.”
Farouk, when asked if the leadership of the party and the candidate had been able to garner concrete evidence other than the alleged isolated incidents the APC claimed the Labour Party was dangling to get public sympathy, said, “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.”
Farouk, however, couldn’t give a definite date when the case would be filed.
He added, “We are saying Obi is the winner from the record we have before us. But INEC did something else. They hurriedly carried out the plan of their paymaster.
“Therefore we have every reason to claim victory if it is being denied.
“On the part of Atiku and the PDP, they have the right and data to claim that their mandate was stolen. The only arbiter now is the court.
“So many people can claim one thing. It is the judiciary that gives a verdict based on the evidence before it.”
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