- The spokesperson for the PDP presidential campaign council, Segun Sowunmi, says allegation that Atiku is not a Nigerian by birth is a way of distracting him from reclaiming his mandate
- However, when Sowunmi pointed out Atiku's past services, Festus Keyamo of the ruling APC said Atiku being a former vice president is irrelevant
- Meanwhile, both men exercised restraint on how they addressed the issue because the matter was already in court
The allegation that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not a Nigerian by birth has continued to generate reactions. Spokesperson for the party's presidential campaign council, Segun Sowunmi, disagreed with his All Progressives Congress (APC), counterpart, Festus Keyamo, when the matter came up.
The two spokespersons disagree when they appeared as guests on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
However, given the fact that the case is in court, they exercised restraint on how they addressed the issue.
But according to Sowunmi, the claim is to distract Atiku from reclaiming his mandate.
“Atiku Abubakar has been the former vice president of this country and I think that when this kind of issues come up, you begin to query who exactly and what exactly is the geographical expression of Nigeria.
“I actual fact, Atiku’s grandfather is from Sokoto. Atiku’s grandfather followed his friend to Adamawa then was Gongola, and Atiku’s grandfather gave birth to Atiku’s father there. But it has never been under guesswork that Atiku is a full-fledged bona fide Nigerian,” he added.
Meanwhile, Keyamo urged Nigerians to go and read thoroughly Section 131 in conjunction with Section 25 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. According to him, Atiku being a former vice president is irrelevant.
“Did you have access to security reports then; did the court look at that issue at that time? We are talking of qualifications to be president of Nigeria, not qualifications to be a Customs officer,” Keyamo stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Festus Keyamo who served as director of communication of the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign said that WAEC certificate is not needed to be governor or president.
In series of tweets on Monday, April 15, the senior lawyer said the constitution defines School Certificate or its equivalent to mean primary 6 School Leaving Certificate.
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