- Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) are representing the three main presidential candidates in the February election, Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi
- The election petition tribunal in Abuja will decide the fate of Tinubu, former vice-president Atiku, and Obi
- The victory of Tinubu, the president-elect, is being challenged by the opposition, especially Obi and Atiku
FCT, Abuja – The presidential election petition tribunal begins proceedings in Abuja on Monday, May 8.
Senior lawyers are representing the three main presidential candidates concerned. They are Wole Olanikpekun for the president-elect, Bola Tinubu; Chris Uche, standing in for Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and Livy Uzoukwu representing Peter Obi, The Cable reports.
Hotnewsdrop.com provides more information about these top lawyers.
Wole Olanikpekun – Tinubu
Olanikpekun, 72, is a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Ondo State.
He is also a one-time vice-president of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) as well as former pro-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI).
He attained the rank of SAN in 1991 at the age of 39 years old, the youngest in his confirmation year.
Chris Uche – Atiku
Chris Uche SAN is a foremost Nigerian legal practitioner with over 30 years of experience. His law office is in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city. He has handled several celebrated cases of national interest and constitutional importance.
He has been a very active member of his professional association, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He was a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NBA from 1988 up till 1992, and since 2001 he has remained a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) till date.
Livy Uzoukwu – Obi
Uzoukwu, who was conferred with the rank of SAN in 1999, is a former Attorney–General and Commissioner for Justice, Imo State.
He has experience in the practice of law at all levels of the judicial system in Nigeria up to the Supreme Court.
He has acted as counsel to state governments and their agencies; and some Federal agencies and parastatals.
On 22 December 2008, the President of Nigeria conferred him with the national honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON).
Full list of judges presiding over presidential election petition tribunal
Hotnewsdrop.com earlier reported that the court pre-hearing resumed at about 9:15 am with an opening remark by the Presiding Justice, Haruna Tsammani, who leads a five-man panel of Justices.
This media platform also listed the judges.
Photos emerge as Peter Obi arrives court
Furthermore, Legit reported that Obi has arrived at the courtroom for the presidential election petition tribunal in Abuja.
The courtroom was filled to capacity with legal luminaries and observers.
You can follow the Hotnewsdrop.com’s live updates of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal here.
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