Pius Akubo, SAN, distances self from team of lawyers to defend Tinubu in court
Mr. Pius A. Akubo, SAN, whose name was released as part of the 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) representing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in court following the recently held presidential election has distanced himself from APC’s team of lawyers selected to defend the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in court.
In a press statement he released on Wednesday, Mr. Akubo said that he was not informed of the appointment, hence, declined the offer to join the team of lawyers to defend Tinubu in court.
The statement, dated March 8, 2023, reads:
“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.
“In the circumstance, and for personal reasons, I hereby decline the said appointment.” Read more.