The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused the lawyer of the PDP candidate in the 2019 Presidential elections, of not been licensed to practice in the country.
The Cable reports that the electoral umpire asked the Presidential Election tribunal to rule out the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it was not signed by a legal practitioner licensed to practise in Nigeria.
As you may know, Atiku had filed a petition before the tribunal to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 Presidential poll.
The PDP presidential candidate’s legal team is led by Livy Uzoukwu with 31 other lawyers. Speaking with newsmen in March, Uzoukwu had said the legal team of the PDP presidential candidate had sufficient fact to back its case.
Responding to the case as the first respondent, INEC said the petition filed by Atiku’s team was not signed by a legal practitioner recognized by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
You may also recall that Atiku’s legal team submitted the sheet to the tribunal in March, claiming it was obtained from an internal compilation of results on INEC’s internet server, a claim which INEC itself has rejected, stating that it did not transmit results electronically.
Amongst other submissions, the legal team alleged that Atiku won President Muhammadu Buhari by more than six million votes and accused INEC of manipulating his victory.