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Atiku inaugurates legal team to challenge presidential result; says he will not mortgage his mandate as EFCC arrests his son-in-law

PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

On Saturday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, inaugurated a legal team to challenge the outcome of the February 23, Presidential election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared President Muhammadu Buhari who got over 15million votes as winner of the election.

Atiku who got over 11million votes however rejected the result announced by INEC, accusing the APC led Federal Government of using military to intimidate voters in PDP strongholds and conniving with INEC officials to manipulate the result, saying that he would challenge it in court.

The legal team is headed by Livy Uzoukwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

“I have just inaugurated my legal team and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring that our stolen mandate is retrieved.”

“I am encouraged by the presence of fearless men and women of the Bench. The judiciary which had in the past discharged itself ably is once again being called upon to deliver judgement on this matter that will be untainted by lucre and uncowed by the threat of immoral power,” Atiku reportedly said on Saturday, according to his spokesperson, Paul Ibe.

He further added that “these noble dispensers of justice will give a judgement that will represent a historic denunciation of electoral fraud and mandate bandit.”

EFCC arrests Atiku’s son-in-law
Meanwhile, Atiku has confirmed that 24 operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested his son-in-law, Alhaji Babalele Abdullahi.

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Mr. Abdullahi is the finance director of Atiku Group of Companies.

He was arrested on Saturday, 02 March around 8:30am by the anti-graft operatives in two vehicles, a bus with registration no. Abuja CS 522 RSH and a Hilux.

“In a desperate move to have Atiku Abubakar concede and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, officials of the EFCC at about 8.30am today (Saturday) invaded the Maitama residence of Babalele. They were, however, not given access into the house until his lawyers arrived.

“The EFCC agents numbering about two dozens came in two regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (with registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a Hilux van. They came with a search warrant to search the house and the office of Babalele and found nothing incriminating.

“They then proceeded to his office at Oakland Centre in Maitama and found nothing incriminating there. However, they took away some documents of landed property. Not done, the EFCC officials stormed his Wuse residence where they again found nothing incriminating after the search.

“Afterwards, Babalele was taken away to the EFCC office in Wuse to make a statement alongside Mr Lawan Ayuba. It was gathered that the petition relied upon to invade the residence and the office of Babalele was authored by a brother of the wife of President Buhari.”

Atiku who spoke through his aide noted that he would not be cowed by any attempt to blackmail him into mortgaging his mandate.

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