Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has said he is in support of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar’s decision to challenge the result of the February 23 presidential poll in court.
According to Punch, he expressed his doubt that Atiku will get Justice because of the removal and replacement of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said:
We first have to prove that there are electoral irregularities and in my view, once you prove this, you should succeed. Unfortunately, even if you prove electoral irregularities you will have to show how that affected the results of the election.
Remember that the gap between former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, and President Muhammadu Buhari is about four million votes. It is clear to me that the presidential election results were manifestly riddled with electoral irregularities.
Now that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has approached the court, it is important to emphasise that he is constitutionally entitled to do so. My personal advice has become irrelevant. I fully support and wish former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar every success.