Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chris Uche, who is the lead counsel for Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar at the presidential election tribunal has expressed optimism that Atiku will reclaim his stolen mandate.
Naija News understands that Atiku and his party are challenging the outcome of the election on the grounds of alleged massive rigging, malpractices substantial non-compliance with the electoral laws.
In the petition, Atiku and PDP are praying that its candidate is declared the winner of the February 23 presidential election.
They are also asking the tribunal to nullify the poll and order for a fresh election that will be conducted in line with the provisions of the electoral laws.
The legal luminary said all the respondents in Atiku’s cases have all filed their responses.
He mentioned President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the respondents.
Uche added that all processes have been exchanged and very soon, there will be the commencement of the pre-hearing session after which the actual trial will take place.
He, however, queried the APC for not addressing some of the issues raised in the petition filed by Atiku.
“It is very unfortunate that they have not addressed the issues we raised rather they are raising issues that we feel are mere distractions. Whether Atiku is a Nigerian citizen or not or whether one of the lawyers who signed the petition, whether he abbreviated his name or not”
“But they are yet to address the issues we raised, mainly the information on the data of INEC, the physical result that INEC gave. They have not reacted to that and all the anomalies we pointed out.
“We are very comfortable and confident with the processes that are before the court of appeal. Very soon, hearing will commence on that. We are optimistic of victory In both cases”
“Having looked at all the fact in both cases, our position are very strong, we are very confident of defending the mandate of Atiku and Bala victory and we shall come out victorious ”
Uche is also the defense counsel for Bauchi state Governor-elect, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State (All Progressive Congress) whose victory is being challenged by Mohammed Abubakar, the PDP candidate’s victory at the governorship petition tribunal, The Nation reports.