A total of 48 lawyers including six senior advocates of Nigeria (SANS) are set to defend the governorship election petition filed by Abba Kabir Yusuf, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state on Thursday.
Mr Yusuf and the PDP are seeking the annul the March 23 rerun polls in the state in which Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The election was characterized by widespread violence including killings, mass voter disenfranchisement, intimidation and rigging allegedly perpetrated by armed thugs hired by the APC. Many observer groups including the European Union have condemned the elections due to organized violence and voter intimidation.
Addressing newsmen after filing the petition, Mr Yusuf said they approached the special court to explore possibilities of reclaiming the stolen mandate through legal means.
A six volumes petition with, 1, 625 pages was submitted to the tribunal at about 3.30pm on Thursday.
“Our legal team consists of forty eight (48) reputable lawyers, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), led by Chief Asiwaju Awomolo, SAN and the former Attorney General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi, SAN,” he said.
“The petition is seeking an order to nullify the March 23rd supplementary election as it conflicts with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and was conducted in a violent atmosphere which also contradicts the provisions of Electoral Act 2010 as amended,” the PDP candidate added.
DailyFocus reports that on Monday, the Kano governorship election tribunal had already granted the Mr Yusuf and the PDP access to the governorship election materials and ordered the INEC to comply with the order.