The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the lawyer of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was not licensed to practice in Nigeria.
The former Vice President had filed a petition before the presidential election petition tribunal to challenge the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku’s legal team is led by Livy Uzoukwu with 31 other lawyers.
Responding, INEC said the petition was not signed by a legal practitioner enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“That the Petitioner’s Petition, List of Witnesses and List of Documents as filed are incompetent and ought to be struck out as same were not signed by a legal practitioner enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria and licensed to practise in Nigeria,” read INEC’s response to Atiku’s petition.