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Two lawyers clash in court over appearance for LP’s petition against Tinubu

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Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Awa Kalu and Oba Maduabuchi engaged in a serious argument in the courtroom on Friday over who should represent the Labour Party (LP) in the petition challenging Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the last presidential election.

At Friday’s proceedings, Awa Kalu had announced his appearance for Peter Obi and the Labour Party as first and second petitioners at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

He also announced several others as members of the legal team that would prosecute the petition for Obi and his party.

But another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Oba Maduabuchi, also announced his appearance as counsel for the Labour Party in the matter just after Kalu had finished introducing his team.

In the drama that ensued, Oba Maduabuchi insisted that he was legally briefed by the party as counsel that would present the party’s case against Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

But the chairman of the court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, asking them to allow the proceedings to continue.

Consequently, Oba Maduabuchi stepped down. Awa Kalu then continued to handle the day’s proceedings.

Another faction alleged by the LP leadership to be a sponsored group has emerged in the party under the leadership of Lamidi Apapa.

Meanwhile, the Julius Abure’s faction has appealed the ruling against it, saying it has now taken over.

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