Nigeria: Atiku not a Nigerian – Malami

Published: 7/Avr/2021
Source: Sun News (Lagos)

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is ineligible to vie for president of Nigeria.

Malami said the former vice president whose home town, Jada, was formerly a part of Northern Cameroon, is not constitutionally qualified to contest for the office of president of the country because he is not a Nigerian by birth and that he acquired Nigerian citizenship following a plebiscite that held in 1961.

The AGF argued that, having not been born a Nigerian or by Nigerian parents, and having not met the provisions of Sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution, Atiku, would be violating Section 118(1)(k) of the Electoral Act should he put himself forward as a presidential candidate.

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Themes: Nationalité des politiciens
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2021