Senior lawyer Pius Akubo rejects appointment into Tinubu’s legal team

Pius Akubo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has denied joining the legal team of Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu’s legal team, citing personal reasons.

Few days ago, Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq, the All Progressives Congress (APC) legal Adviser, had named himself and 11 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) and led by Lateef Fagbemi as members of Tinubu legal team.

Other Senior Advocates of Nigeria in the team are Sam Ologun-Orisa, Rotimi Oguneso, Olabisi Soyebo, Gboyega Oyewole, Muritala Abdulrasheed, Aliyu Omezia Saiki, Tajudeen Oladoja, Pius Akubo, Oluseye Opasanya, Suraja Saida and Kazeem Adeniyi to defend Tinubu who was declared winner of February 23rd 2023 Presidential elections after securing 8,794,726 valid votes.

He defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Atiku Abubakar, who scored 6,984,520 votes, while Peter Obi of Labour Party, polled 6,101,533, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigerian Peoples Party trailed Obi with 1,496,687 votes in the election.

Reacting to his purported appointment as a member of Tinubu’s campaign team, Akubo denied the appointment, noting that there was no official communication between himself and Tinubu’s legal team.

The Senior lawyer conveyed his thought in a statement that partly read, “In the last twenty-four (24) hours or so, the social media space has been agog with a trending unsigned letter in respect of appointment of Presidential Election Petition Legal Team by All Progressives Congress (APC) wherein my name is listed as number 10.

“With all due respect, I wish to state that I had no prior knowledge of the said appointment. As a matter of fact, I have not received any official communication on the subject matter hitherto. Suffice it to say that I was taken by surprise to hear of the said appointment vide social media.

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“In the circumstance and for personal reasons, I hereby decline the said appointment,” he stressed.

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