Uche Secondus, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday told journalists in Abuja that his party has assembled at least 18 best brains in the legal profession to challenge the election victory of president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This comes on a day PDP chairman and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar showed video clips of alleged rigging of the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections to members of the National Peace Committee headed by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.).
Those who watched the clips at Atiku’s Abuja residence with the former head of state were Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Wednesday declared Buhari the winner of last Saturday’s presidential election.
Announcing the results, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu had said Buhari won with 15,191,847 votes as against 11,262,978 polled by Atiku of the PDP.
The PDP had rejected the outcome of the result, alleged rigging.
The Legal Adviser to the PDP, Mr Emmanuel Enoiden, who also spoke on Friday, said the party would unveil its legal team on Saturday (today). He declined to name the members, but boasted that they were among the best legal brains in the country.
“We are prepared to go to court. We have put together a legal team that will handle the legal proceedings. We are ready. PDP is a formidable party so we will go for the best. We won the election, we were only robbed of the victory and we are ready to reclaim the victory. If we must reclaim, we know we have to put together the best legal team, legal minds in the country to do that.
“We are unveiling the legal team tomorrow. I will not tell you the members until it is unveiled. I have no powers to mention any of them. Of course as the legal adviser to the party, I should be part of the team,” he said.
On his part, PDP chairman, Secondus said the report of some foreign and local observers that the elections were credible, free and fair was incorrect.
According to him, the foreign observers might have made such report to save their lives following the body bags threat made by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
He said, “There is nobody that will stop us from approaching the court, we will go to court and bring all these things that both the international observers and others have not seen. We will bring them to court. I believe that justice will be done at the court. If we continue to suppress injustice and go sentimental, the country will begin to pile up gun powder that will explode someday.
“There is so much injustice. If you allow it and it continues to pile, nobody knows what will happen. So that is why we decided that as good citizens and law-abiding people who believe in the rule of law, we will go to court. We are not going to depend on the comments of the observers that were threatened.
“They were threatened and so what do you expect them to say? They have to go home with their lives. So they were threatened and silenced, they cannot talk. So, it is our responsibility as good citizens to bring this to the public and to go to the court, so we are going to court.”
Secondus also said his party would study INEC proposal for supplementary elections and take appropriate decision.
He further sated that the PDP will would challenge the declaration of the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, as the winner of the Orlu Senatorial district election.
The governor and his agents forced the returning officer to announce Okorocha as the winner of the election, he alleged.