Legal teams representing the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are racing against the clock to meet the 14-day deadline for filing an appeal at the Supreme Court, as disclosed by their lead counsels.
In a telephone interview with Sunday Punch, the attorneys revealed that they are diligently working to meet the Supreme Court’s deadline, despite facing delays in obtaining the certified true copy (CTC) of the verdict from the Presidential Elections Petition Court (PEPC).
The situation has been compounded by controversy surrounding the watermark of President Bola Tinubu’s Legal Team on the viral copy of the CTC.
A lead counsel in the Peter Obi camp explained,
“We lost three days out of the 14 days available to us. We are now working very hard to take care of that situation.
“We would have loved to have had the CTC of the judgment delivered on September 6, latest the following day and would have commenced work immediately, but that did not happen.
“Now we are battling with time constraints. Nonetheless, we are working round the clock and harder than we should have done to meet up with the time. I can assure you, we will meet up. What we need to do is to work harder than we would have done.”
Atiku’s legal team has also expressed its determination to meet the 14-day deadline. Prof. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), one of Atiku’s lawyers, stated,
“We are working hard towards meeting the deadline. We are already in possession of the CTC, and we are identifying the areas where we would base our opinion on. We won’t let our client and Nigerians down.”
When asked about their strategy to beat the deadline, Atiku’s lead counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), affirmed,
“We are working round the clock.”