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N744.5m legal fees not for lawyers alone – Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 polls, Peter Obi, has said the reported N744,500,000 his campaign team spent on the…

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 polls, Peter Obi, has said the reported N744,500,000 his campaign team spent on the 2023 election litigation was not just for paying lawyers, as some have reported.

He said this on Thursday in a statement signed on his behalf by Dr Yunusa Tanko, the chief spokesman of the Obi-Datti Campaign Committee.

He said the N744.5 million was a general expenditure on legal services, which also included research, accommodations, transportation, local and international flights, and stationery for various documents.

“We would like to be on the same page with the public on this matter and to remind the public that it encompasses all the things concerning our legal cases, ranging from pre-election to post-election legal processes.

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“Including also the filing of cases before elections on matters involving our candidate, transmitting and photocopying of legal documents, bringing experts from overseas during our post-election legal battles, and their accommodation all form the legal expenses,” he said.

He added that also included the funding of lawyers sent to states to collect electoral materials from INEC state offices and financial assistance to some of the candidates of the party who had legal issues, among others.

 

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