By Marvellous Nyang
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has held a brainstorming session with the legal advisers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who visited him in his office at the Statehouse, Abuja, to ask for his legal inputs as the general elections draw close.
The party’s legal advisers, had, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, paid a visit to the VP in his office to seek his legal inputs preparatory to Nigeria’s general elections beginning February 25.
The consultative meeting was also attended by some senior lawyers in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, as gathered, was meant to plan for the legal demands of the ruling party as the February and March 2023 elections draw close.
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Though a closed-door meeting, State House correspondents saw some of those who attended the meeting at the Vice President’s wing of the Presidential Villa, but they declined to address the press.
However, feelers had it that they came to the VP to seek his counsel, while they later went into a brainstorming session in his office after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Sources said the APC legal team visited to discuss, plan and review the party’s preparedness for the forthcoming elections with the Vice President, being a top advocate for the party and a respected legal counsel, who has been highly instrumental in solving the party’s legal issues, even before the APC formed the government in 2015.
As further gathered, those who attended the meeting include two Cabinet Ministers who are senior lawyers, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), and Festus Keyamo, the current APC National Legal Adviser, Ahmed El-Marzuk and his predecessor, Babatunde Ogala, SAN, among other party and government officials.
As the political scene gathered momentum, the general elections seeing to a transition of government in Nigeria starts with the presidential election on Saturday, February 25, 2023, with the APC fielding candidates alongside other political parties who are contesting over 1,400 elective positions at both Federal, State across the country.
However, for the presidential polls, candidates of four political parties, the ruling APC, Bola Tinubu; the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi; and New Nigeria’s People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso; have been rated as top contenders in the forthcoming election.