The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for exhibiting “crass ignorance and incomparable low-level wretched illiteracy” in his choice of lawyer.
Concise News learned that Atiku’s lawyer Livy Uzoukwuwhich in the petition challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of February 19, 2019 polls.
Recall that INEC had in a counter affidavit questioned the choice of Uzoukwu as counsel in the petition, insisting that the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was not on the among the lawyers called to the bar, therefore not eligible to practice in the country.
The counter affidavit specifically referred to documents signed by the learned, SAN as Dr Livy Uzoukwu as against one Dr Livinus Uzoukwu which INEC acknowledged to be on the roll call, contending that both names could not be referring to one and the same person.
Reacting to the claim, Atiku said INEC has displayed what he termed as “crass ignorance” as the use of abbreviations by counsel has been settled by the Supreme Court.
The former Vice President, in a statement on Tuesday signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and Strategy, Phrank Shaibu said in the case of the dubious WAEC certificate flaunted by Buhari. The APC and INEC have assembled a team of lawyers intent on misleading the courts and Nigerians in general.
“It’s either INEC is not aware or chose to maintain a blind eye as far as this issue is concerned. How can you say a former Attorney General of Imo State and a SAN is not qualified to practice law in Nigeria?
”This is a clear case of crass ignorance and incomparable display of the low level of illiteracy intended to mislead the court and Nigerians”.
Atiku who gave reference to a judgment of the Supreme Court permitting counsels to use abbreviations as well as their full names, adding that the use of Livy as against Livinus in the roll call of lawyers called to the bar does not in any way diminish from the qualification of his counsel.