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Election: Challenges will not deter Atiku from pursuing case against Buhari –Counsel

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No amount of challenges will deter the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from pursuing his case against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the last presidential election.

Atiku’s counsel, Livy Uzoukwu, made this assertion while speaking with journalists on Monday.

He spoke against the backdrop of alleged denial of access to some electoral materials by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

He said the legal team fighting the battle for Atiku had ample evidence to win the case.

Uzoukwu stated that although INEC had refused to give the team access to some document, it would be compelled to release them at the appropriate time as ordered by the Appeal Court.

His words:  “I believe we have sufficient facts to move the court to appreciate our case and grant us our reliefs.

“We are ready and prepared to prove our case because it all depends on proofs and we are ready to prove our case. We have filed the petition, which is most fundamental with some documents.

“We may be having some challenges accessing documents from INEC, notwithstanding, we have filed the petition and with time, INEC shall be made to obey the orders of the court of appeal and grant us access to electoral documents.”

The lawyer said the fact that the team had filed a petition did not mean it could not make use of those documents when eventually obtained from INEC.

“Some members of the team were in INEC three times last week, they were in INEC yesterday and even today but they asked them to come tomorrow (Tuesday), that by tomorrow they will provide them with some documents.

“I do hope that INEC will keep to its words and do the needful, because they have no option as far as the matter is concerned. Because we are talking about the compliance with an order of the court.

“But I believe we have substantial facts to prove our case, to prove our entitlement to the main relief. I’m convinced beyond any doubt that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar won the election.”

Atiku is contesting the victory of Buhari at the presidential election held on February 23, 2019.

Although INEC declared Buhari as the winner of the election, Atiku refused to accept the result, saying it was fraught with irregularities.

He declared that he won the election and should be so announced.