Livy Uzoukwu, the man spearheading the legal team setup by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to challenge the outcome of the February 23 Presidential Election has expressed confidence that his client will win the case.
Mr. Uzoukwu noted that Atiku has all the facts needed to successfully prosecute the case and unseat President Muhammadu Buhari.
1Push Naija had earlier reported that Atiku assembled 20 SANs and over 400 witnesses to challenge President Buhari’s victory.
Atiku had rejected the result which was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying that the election was rigged by Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I believe we have sufficient facts to move the court to appreciate our case and grant us our reliefs,” Uzoukwu said on Monday night shortly after filing the petition which was signed by Atiku himself, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“That we have filed petition does not mean we cannot make use of those documents when we eventually secure them from INEC.
“Some members of the team were at the INEC office three times last week. They were at INEC on Sunday and even on Monday, but were asked to come tomorrow (Tuesday), that by then, 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,” he added.
When Uzoukwu was asked if he still believes in the Nigeria judiciary, he said; “I don’t want to speculate, I still believe, with all honesty, that we have in this country, very knowledgeable and very courageous judges, and bearing in mind that, with this petition, I seriously believe the judiciary will be on trial. Also, the democracy will be on trial.”
Atiku’s lawyers want the PDP presidential candidate to be declared winner of the election. But if that would not work, they would go for an alternative which is for the court to order a rerun election.
He noted that “the alternative prayer can only come to play if the court does not agree with us in the main prayer.
“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,” he added.