- Barrister Olukayode Ajulo has stated that Atiku Abubakar being a former vice president is not enough qualification to contest presidency
- Ajulo, a former national secretary of the Labour Party and now supporter of President Buhari, stated this during an interview
- According to Ajuo, long repetition of wrong occurrences won’t make it right
Olukayode Ajulo, a lawyer, has stated that Atiku Abubakar being a former vice president is not enough qualification to contest presidency.
Ajulo, a former national secretary of the Labour Party (LP) and now supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, stated this during an interview with Daily Sun newspaper.
The citizenship status of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate is currently being challenged by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ajulo said: “Section 131 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is very clear; and the APC has challenged his claim as a preliminary objection and its left for the court to determine if he’s a Nigerian citizen by birth considering his pedigree as being born in Cameroun with Cameroonian parents in 1946.
“Anyway, let’s allow the court to determine if he is not within the categories of persons who may contest for the election by the reason of birth and that much I think I am allowed by the law to say.
“Mind you, it is only in respect of the office of the president and the governor that such restriction is placed and as a person who is well grounded in the laws of this country, I think there is a reason for that.”
When reminded that Atiku was once Nigeria’s vice president, Ajulo stated that long repetition of wrong occurrences won’t make it right.
He said: “In fact, in Australia, one of their members of parliament had to resign when it was discovered that his nationality was questionable. I don’t think ours is beyond rectification and that is why the issue is being raised. I was a student when Atiku became a vice president.
“President Olusegun Obasanjo inspired that thought and this further inspired me to go into research to know who is a Nigerian citizen by birth because if somebody who had not only worked with Atiku but was also the president then can raise this issue of Atiku being of ‘dubious parental background’ in his book, ‘My Watch,’ then there must be more than what meets the eyes.
“My position is still unchanged, and that is, that Atiku was a vice president is not an automatic qualification to contest for the presidency.”
Meanwhile, Atiku has said that although he was born in present day Adamawa state, adding that his father originally hailed from Sokoto.
Atiku gave this explanation through his lawyer at the presidential election tribunal after the APC claimed the former vice president was ineligible to contest in the election as he was from Jada in Adamawa state which was once part of southern Cameroon.
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