Bauchi governor-elect employs 65 lawyers to defend election victory at tribunal

Bauchi governor-elect employs 65 lawyers to defend election victory at tribunal

- Bauchi state governor-elect Bala Mohammed says he has acquired a legal team of 65 lawyers to defend his victory in the 2019 general polls at the election tribunal

- Mohammed, who is a former senator, says his legal team include 5 Senior Advocates of Nigeria

- The former minister of the Federal Capital Territory under Goodluck Jonathan is confident that he would emerge victorious at the tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP's) governor-elect in Bauchi state Senator Bala Muhammed has hired 65 lawyers to defend his victory in the 2019 governorship polls at the election tribunal.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senator Mohammed told journalists in Bauchi on Saturday, April 13 that legal team of lawyers, included five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN). This team, he says, would defend the mandate given to him by the people of the state.

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The governor-elect expressed optimism that the petition of outgoing governor, Muhammed Abubakar and his party All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging his victory at the tribunal, would fail.

He said he had no hard feelings about the decision of the APC to challenge his victory at the tribunal because it was a normal course of action which is backed by the Electoral Act.

He said: “We have not been served yet; once we are served and we see the details, we are going to respond.

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“We are also going to have our lawyers, about five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), 10 other senior lawyers and about 50 Bauchi indigenous lawyers of conscience.

“They will see to it that the petition at tribunal is dead on arrival because of the endorsement of people of conscience from Bauchi State.”

Meanwhile, also reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was satisfied by the academic documents submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the 2019 presidential election.

Recall that President Buhari's school certificate was one of the major points raised by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in his petition filed at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

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Atiku’s legal team said President Buhari claimed, in INEC filings, to have attended a school that could not be traced, adding that the president claimed to bear a certificate that was not in existence at the time he claimed to have obtained it. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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