To challenge the results of the February 25 presidential election on behalf of Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, the party claimed to have retained the services of at least 20 senior Nigerian attorneys.
According to insiders in the party, materials that would be used as evidence in court were being provided to the lawyers selected from various chambers.
Last Wednesday, the results of the hotly contested election were declared, with Bola Tinubu, the president-elect and APC candidate, taking the top spot.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and the leader of the Liberation Party, who received 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively, were defeated by Tinubu, who received 8,794,726 votes.
However, Atiku and Obi disagreed with the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, each asserting during separate press conferences that there was extensive fraud and violence in the election.
When it was reported that the two main opposition candidates had approached the court to request permission to inspect the election materials used during the vote, the drama reportedly took an unexpected turn last Friday.
Prior to last Friday, at least six states—Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Sokoto—had taken the Federal Government before the Supreme Court regarding the handling of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
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