INEC's image crisis, violence threaten guber polls
Yakubu Mahmood, INEC chairman

Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed nine Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) to defend the results of the February 25 presidential election.

The team of lawyers will be led by Abubakar Mahmoud, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Other members of the legal team include Stephen Adehi (SAN), Oluwakemi Pinheiro (SAN), Miannaya Essien (SAN), and Abdullahi Aliyu (SAN)

Also, four other senior advocates who are staff of INEC’s legal department will join the team alongside Messrs Garba Hassan, Musa Attah, and Patricia Obi.

On March 1, 2023, INEC declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the presidential elections.

But the result of the election has been questioned by major opposing political parties.

Last month, Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party (LP), and Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), filed petitions against INEC and Bola Tinubu, the president-elect.

The presidential election tribunal through a three-man panel had directed that petitions should be served on Tinubu through his political party, the APC.

Tinubu had secured 8,794,726 votes to defeat Abubakar who polled 6,984,520 votes, and Obi who had 6,101,533 votes in the presidential election.


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