- The Adamawa state government has informed a federal high court sitting in Abuja, the nation's capital that Atiku is a Nigerian
- Afraimu Jingi, the attorney general of Adamawa state, made this known on Tuesday, July 27, while appearing before Justice Inyang Ekwo
- A group, EMA had approached the court to challenge Atiku’s eligibility to contest for presidency on the grounds that he was not a Nigerian citizen by birth
FCT, Abuja - The controversy surrounding the eligibility of vice president Atiku Abubakar to contest the 2023 presidential elections may soon be put to rest.
Legit.ng gathered that the attorney-general of Adamawa, Afraimu Jingi, told Justice Inyang Ekwo while moving a motion on notice seeking to be joined in the suit filed by a group against Atiku and three others.
The group, an Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA), in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019, had sued Atiku, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as first to fourth respondents respectively.
According to the report, EMA is challenging Atiku’s eligibility to contest for presidency on the grounds that he was not a Nigerian citizen by birth.
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The Guardian also reports that the group asked the court to hold among others, that considering the provisions of sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding the former vice president’s birth, he cannot contest for the top office.
But Jingi, through his lawyer, Chief L.D. Nzadon, in the motion dated April 26 and filed June 24, 2021, sought an order of the court to be joined in the matter.
The lawyer described the matter as “a public interest suit to ensure that the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is complied with in the election of the president of Nigeria.
Nzadon said Atiku, against whom the suit was primarily directed, is a citizen of Nigeria from Adamawa who had been elected as a governor of the state in 1999 and served as the vice president of the country between 1999 to 2007.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Joe Igbokwe, the special adviser to Lagos state governor on drainage and water resources, said things would be okay if Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the president of Nigeria.
It was reported that though he has not openly declared his ambition, Tinubu is strongly rumoured to be interested in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Igbokwe said he believed that it is the turn of the southern region to produce Nigeria's president after the expiration of President Buhari's tenure in 2023.