Meet Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, (SAN) who leads Atiku’s 18 member legal team to challenge Buhari’s victory
London, March 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The battle to lead Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria shifts to the court room from next week as the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, inaugurated his legal team to challenge the result of the 23 February presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Wednesday declared the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election.
But Atiku had on Thursday rejected the result citing several malpractices including the use of the military to perfect voters’ intimidation and suppression in PDP strongholds, connivance of INEC officials, security agents and the ruling party to manufacture bogus figures and outright falsification of the returns from the polling units.
Atiku in a statement Saturday by his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, revealed that the legal team would be headed by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, (SAN)
He stated, “I have just inaugurated my legal team and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring that our stolen mandate is retrieved”, Atiku said.
“I am encouraged by the presence of fearless men and women of the Bench. The judiciary which had in the past discharged itself ably is once again being called upon to deliver judgement on this matter that will be untainted by lucre and uncowed by the threat of immoral power”, he added
Atiku assured his supporters and party loyalists that sooner than later these noble dispensers of justice would give a judgement that will represent a historic denunciation of electoral fraud and mandate bandit.
Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, (SAN)
Atiku’s legal team is headed by Dr Livy Uzoukwu, LL.B, LL.M, LLD, SAN, OON.
Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, (SAN) was a former Honourable Attorney General of Imo State, Nigeria. Dr Uzoukwu is also an author and a publisher.
He runs a law firm commenced practice in 1988 as Livy Uzoukwu and Co. On 3 October 2002, it was registered as Livy Uzoukwu, SAN and Co. The firm is one of the leading law firms in Nigeria.
The firm operates from its own purpose built modern law office known as Eliza House, located at Eliza Chambers, Eliza House, 1B Ngwa Street,Aladinma, Owerri, Imo State,Nigeria.
Dr Livy Uzoukwu was in 1999 conferred with the highest distinction in the legal profession, the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
He attended the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and graduated with LL.B Honours Degree in 1981. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1982. He obtained his LLM Degree from the Abia State University in 1991 and LLD from the University of South Africa in 2010.
In 1997, he attended leadership training at the International Leadership Academy, United Nations University, Amman, Jordan.
He commenced legal practice after national youth service in July 1983. In February 1994, he was appointed the Honourable Attorney–General and Commissioner for Justice,Imo State. Till date, he remained the youngest person ever appointed to that office in Imo State.
At the end of his duty tour as Attorney–General in October 1996, he went back to private legal practice. In September 1999, he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Between 1994 and 1996, he was a member of the Imo State Security Council, Imo State Judicial Service Committee and Imo State Boundary Commission. He was also a member of the Imo State Magistrate/High Court Rules Committee. He was the Chairman, Imo State Government Panel on Ikeduru Local Government Council Crisis from July –September 2005.
At the Federal level, he was a member of the Body of BenchersandCouncil of Legal Education 1994-1996.
He has prodigious experience in the practice of law at all levels of the judicial system in Nigeria up to the apex court, the Supreme Court.
He has acted as legal adviser to several companies, corporations and institutions.
Dr Uzoukwu, OON, SAN is an accomplished author of several legal literature. He is equally a poet who has won several prizes.
He has acted as counsel to State Governments and their agencies; and some Federal agencies and parastatals. He also consults on Nigerian Law for some United Kingdom solicitors.
He has delivered several learned papers at seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops.
The Executive Governor of Imo State appointed him a member of the Imo Sate Council of Elders in 2007 in recognition of his exemplary services to the State.
On 22 December 2008, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, conferred him with the National Honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) “in recognition of your outstanding virtues and in appreciation of services to our country, Nigeria”.