- The hearing of the case concerning the citizenship of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will begin on Thursday, May 9
- The case is presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo at a Federal High Court in Abuja
- The plaintiff, Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission, is claiming that Atiku was not qualified to contest in the presidential election due to his controversial citizenship
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, May 9, began hearing in a suit probing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s claim of Nigerian citizenship.
The case, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, involves the suit by Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission that Atiku was not eligible for the presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to his controversial citizenship, The Nation reports.
The plaintiff seeks the court to shed light on the provision of Sections 25 (1) & (2) and 131 (a) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
The PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, are the defendants in the said case.
The position of the plaintiff is that Atiku was born on November 25, 1946 in Cameroon. It said: “That from Atiku’s own testimony that is gazetted and published in most national dailies in circulation, he is from Jada town in Adamawa and Jada used to be in Ganye Local Government Area in Adamawa.
“That Ganye is regarded as the mother of the whole Chamba tribe and was never part of Nigeria legally as at the date of birth of Atiku.”
The Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission is asking the court to provide satisfactory answers the following questions:
1. If Section 25 of the Constitution is the sole authority that spells out ways by which a person can become a Nigerian citizen by birth?
2. If by the provisions of Section 131 (a) of the constitution, only a Nigerian citizen by birth can contest for the office of president?
3. If by the combined interpretation of Sections 25 (1) & (2) and 131 (a) of the constitution and given the circumstances surrounding the birth of Alhaji Atiku, he can be cleared by PDP and INEC to contest for office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the Court of Appeal election Tribunal handling the case of the presidential election filed against his victory by Atiku to first determine his preliminary objection seeking to dismiss the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate at the pre-hearing stage.
President Buhari’s lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said the petition was by his client on April 16.
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