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General News of Tuesday, 7 March 2023


Renowned lawyer Prince Fagbemi to lead 12 SANs to defend Tinubu’s victory

A collage of Prince Lateef Fagbemi and Bola Ahmed Tinubu A collage of Prince Lateef Fagbemi and Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Renowned lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi will lead the defense of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

This is according to a statement by Ahmad El-Marzuq, APC National Legal Adviser on Tuesday, March 7. He said the team comprised legal luminaries with vast experience in election petition matters, constitutional law and litigation.

He noted that the legal team consists of 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria as he noted that Fagbemi has successfully handled various high-profile election matters and other landmark cases.

He expressed confidence that the legal team possesses the requisite expertise and experience to ensure a successful outcome for the APC in the Presidential Election Petition matters.

The APC National Legal Adviser urged the party’s members to support the team in its effort to defend the will and mandate of the people at the February 25 presidential election, reports The Punch.

He also called on all parties involved to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and respect for the rule of law throughout the legal process.

The legal team includes Lateef Fagbemi (Lead Counsel); Ahmad El-Marzuq (Life Bencher); Sam Ologunorisa;Rotimi Oguneso; Olabisi Syebo; Gbotega Oyewole; Muritala Abdulrasheed; Aliyu Saiki; Tajudeen Oladoja; Pius Akubo; Oluseye Opasanya; Suraju Saida and Kazeem Adeniyi.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, and Mr Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate, who were defeated at the polls have currently challenged the outcome of the election in court, alleging electoral fraud.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Sen. Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, as winner of the election with 8, 794,726 votes.

Abubakar, Tinubu’s closest rival, got 6, 984, 520 votes while Obi polled 6,101, 533 at the election, according to INEC.