Nigeria: Why Adamawa govt seeks to defend Atiku’s citizenship suit – Attorney-General

Published: 27/Jul/2021
Source: Premium Times (Abuja)

The attorney-general says the suit threatens the right of not just Mr Atiku to contest the office of the Nigerian President “but that of the citizens of12 out of the 21 Local Government Areas in Adamawa State.

The Adamawa government, on Tuesday told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that former Vice President Atiku Abukakar was eligible to vie for the office of the president.

The Attorney-General (AG) of Adamawa, Afraimu Jingi, told the judge, Inyang Ekwo, while moving a motion on notice, seeking to be joined in the suit filed by a group against Atiku and three others.

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

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

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Themes: Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2021