- The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has faulted the argument of the APC on Atiku Abubakar's eligibility to contest for Nigeria's president
- The SAN said that if Atiku is a Cameroonian, then it means all those those who voted in his ward are from Cameroon
- Falana added that the APC's argument also suggested that those who voted President Muhammadu Buhari are also Cameroonians
The popular human right lawyer, Femi Falana, has condemned the argument of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Atiku Abubakar’s eligibility to contest for president.
He said that APC’s argument that Atiku is from Cameroon then implies that those who voted in his ward for President Muhammadu Buhari, are also Cameroonians, TheCable reports.
The human right activist said this at the press freedom conference titled the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) organized in Abuja.
He asked: "If Atiku is a now Cameroonian, doesn’t that suggest that those who voted for President Buhari in his ward for the candidate are Cameroonian citizens too?” he asked.
Falana also at the event lamented the spate of killings across the country, saying there are signs of anarchy to come.
He said: “What the country is currently witnessing in terms of increasing violence, banditry and insurgency is a sign of anarchy. Since the 2019 elections have been concluded the duty imposed on the media is to ensure that political parties and elected officials are held accountable.
“All persons living in Nigeria including citizens by birth or naturalisation, dual citizens, foreigners, refugees and asylum seekers are entitled to adequate security and protection.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that APC filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja saying Atiku has no right to challenge the result of the election as he was not a Nigerian.
The lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, faulted the candidacy of Atiku saying he was ineligible to participate in the election in the first instance.
He said Atiku was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon and is, therefore, a citizen of Cameroon and not a Nigerian by birth.
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