Bauchi Lawyers of Conscience (BOBALAC), a group of lawyers, has promised to engage 50 counsels to defend Senator Bala Mohammed and the PDP in court against the planned litigation by the APC.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the group’s chief convener, Shipi Rabo Esq and secretary, Musa Abdullahi Esq, while reacting to the plan by the APC to challenge Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed’s victory in the last governorship election.
The group noted that, the recent move by the APC and Governor Abubakar to go to the tribunal and challenge the election was a double speak and a form of insincerity after he had conceded defeat and congratulated the governor-elect, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.
“Having initially conceded and congratulated Kauran Bauchi, knowing fully well that, that is the wish of the people, Mr Abubakar should have stuck to his words, that’s how statesmen behave,” the group stated.
According to the group, there are some issues to look at considering the hiring of four Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) by the APC National Leadership as the same Governor Abubakar, recently instituted a legal action at an Abuja High Court in which the APC was the second plaintiff.
“But apparently because the said suit has more to do with his interest than that of the APC or President Buhari, it is believed that, it was Mr Abubakar and his clique that foot the bill of the counsel that handled the matter, even as the said counsel, who is a learned silk, happens to be a personal friend of the governor and his former colleague at INEC,” the group added.
The group noted that, as lawyers, they have no problem with Governor Abubakar and the APC going to the tribunal to challenge the victory of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.
“In fact, we welcome the development as it will afford us yet another opportunity to use our God-given skills to defend the people’s mandate as given to the governor-elect, Kauran Bauchi.
“In doing this, we convey our assurances to His Excellency, the governor-elect and indeed the people of Bauchi State that we are deploying the services of not less than 50 counsels, which include some very senior colleagues and successfully tested hands to compliment the efforts of the legal team to be assembled to defend the people’s mandate in terms of the impending election petition to be filed by Governor Abubakar.”