True to his promise to reclaim what he calls his stolen mandate, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25, 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has assembled a team of 19 Senior Advocates of Nigeria to challenge the outcome of the presidential election of which the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was declared winner.

The team is headed by a seasoned litigation and commercial lawyer, JK Gadzama.

Briefing the legal team at his campaign headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, Atiku charged them to establish the “claim of illegality in the election and reclaim the mandate of the Nigerian people” for him.

APC’s Tinubu of was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) despite protest by the main opposition parties, PDP and Labour Party, which came out as first and second runners-up, respectively.

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The outcome of the election was widely believed to be fraudulent and below public expectations. 

Atiku said his mission to seek nullification of Tinubu’s declaration as elected president at the February polls is not just for himself and PDP, but also to reinforce constitutional democracy and safeguard it for future generations.

The SANs in the Atiku team include Chief Chris Uche, Paul Usoro, Tayo Jegede, Ken Mozia, Chief Mike Ozekhome, Mahmood Magaji, Joe Abraham, Chukwuma Umeh, Garba Tetengi and Chief Emeka Etiaba – as well as Chief Goddy Uche, Professor Maxwell Gidado; PDP’s National Legal Adviser A.K. Ajibade; O.M. Atoyebi; Nella Rabana; Paul Ogbole; Nuremi Jimoh and Abdul Ibrahim.