Nigeria: 2023 Presidency – Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Atiku’s Nigerian Citizenship

Published: 21/Fév/2022
Source: Premium Times (Abuja)

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, struck out the suit seeking to challenge former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s Nigerian citizenship and his eligibility to vie for the office of the president.

Delivering judgment, Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit on the grounds that the plaintiff that instituted the case lacked the locus standi (legal right) to do so.

The judge described the plaintiff as a « busy body and meddlesome interloper. »

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a group, the Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA), in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019, had sued Atiku, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as 1st to 4th respondents, respectively.

EMA challenged Mr Abubakar’s eligibility to contest for presidency on the grounds that he was not a Nigerian citizen by birth.

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Themes: Nationalité des politiciens
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2022