The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party during the presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, is not Nigerian and therefore not in the right position to have contested.
In the petition filed by the APC’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, it was affirmed that Atiku Abubakar is a citizen of Cameroon and not Nigeria, which should be the basis of dismissing Atiku’s petition against the All Progressive Congress candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.
In response to the initial petition filed by Atiku and the PDP praying for the declaration of its candidate as the legal winner of the poll, the APC maintained that the 11.1 million votes gained by the PDP should be considered void and waste by the tribunal.
The APC found fault in the eligibility of Atiku’s candidacy at the poll insisting that as a citizen of Cameroon, he ought not to have participated. According to the APC, Atiku was born on November 25th 1946, in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon and is, therefore, a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian by birth.
The party buttressed its claim in relation to 1919, Cameroon was being administered by Germany and that the subsequent defeat of Germany in the first world war (1914-1918), Cameroon became part of League of Nations mandate territory which consisted of French Cameroon and British Cameroon in 1919.
APC furthered in its argument that in 1961, a plebiscite was held in the determination of the people’s stay in Cameroon or alignment with Nigeria.
In accordance with APC, while Nothern Cameroon chose a union with Nigeria, Southern Cameroon chose alignment with the mother country and it was as a result of the plebiscite that Nothern Cameroon, which comprised Adamawa, became a segment of Nigeria.
Following the aforementioned objections, the APC said that Atiku is of no right to be voted for as a candidate in the election to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019.
It was stated that, due to Atiku’s ineligibility, all votes cast for him and the PDP in the presidential election should be regarded as wasted votes.
Meanwhile, the hearing of the petition doesn’t have a fixed date yet.
Culled from LIB