Nigeria: Court Hears Suit Querying Atiku’s Citizenship Today

Published: 9/May/2019
Source: Sahara Reporters (New York)

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will on Thursday open hearing into a suit before Justice Inyang Ekwo, questioning former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s claim to being a citizen of Nigeria by birth.

This is coming few weeks after the All Progressives Congress, APC urged the tribunal to dismiss PDP’s petition for incompetence, arguing that Section 131(a) of the Constitution stipulates that a person must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth to be qualified to contest for the office of the President.

The suit pursues a proclamation to the effect that Atiku was not qualified to contest the 2019 presidential election as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to Mr. Kayode Ajulo, the spokesperson who filed the suit on behalf of the plaintiff; incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa, wants the court to disqualify Atiku over alleged circumstances surrounding his citizenship.

The group wants the court to interpret the provision of Sections 25(1) & (2) and 131(a) of the 1999 Constitution.

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Themes: Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2019