The Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council (LP PCC) has rejected accusations in the media that it hired solely Igbo attorneys to represent its flagbearer, Peter Obi, at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Tanko Yunusa, the LP PCC’s Chief Spokesman, issued the rebuttal in a statement on Tuesday in response to the allegation that the lawyers who met with the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday were primarily from the South East region.
Yunusa stated that the senior lawyers are from various ethnic groups and were chosen from different chambers to contest the outcome of the presidential election on February 25.
He added that the initial list that sparked the issue was incomplete, and that a second batch of the list, which included the 60-member legal team, was released on Tuesday.
Yunusa stated that the legal team is led by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), while the PCC Legal Directorate is led by Victoria Shanti, an Adamawa State native.
He said, “Our head of department for the legal team itself is Victoria Shanti from Adamawa State. She is supported by the Katsina-based legal icon, Yakubu Bawa, who was also among the 60-member team that visited INEC on Monday.
“When you look closely at their names, you will discover that Obi has a diverse list of the legal team.”
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