The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has chosen nine Senior Advocates of Nigeria to defend the outcomes of the presidential election on February 25.
According to City Lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, will lead the group (SAN). Stephen Adehi (SAN), Oluwakemi Pinheiro (SAN), Miannaya Essien (SAN), and Abdullahi Aliyu are additional team members (SAN).
It was gathered from a member of the legal team that four SANs who are staff members of INEC’s legal department are also members of the team alongside Garba Hassan, Musa Attah, and Patricia Obi.
INEC budgeted over N3bn to defend the results of the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections and the March 18 governorship and state assembly polls.
Objectv reports that several candidates who lost in the elections have filed petitions at the presidential and state election petition tribunals to challenge the outcome of the polls.
So far, over 100 election petitions have been filed by aggrieved candidates and their parties across the country.
The presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party, Peter Obi; the Action Alliance, Solomon Okangbuan; Allied Peoples Movement, Chichi Ojei, have also filed petitions for the nullification of the presidential election results.
The panel has announced Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress’s presidential candidate, as the winner of the February 25 presidential election on March 1, 2023.
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