Battle for Presidency: Hopes Dashed as Court Adjourns Suit Challenging Atiku’s Eligibility

Battle for Presidency: Hopes Dashed as Court Adjourns Suit Challenging Atiku’s Eligibility

  • The Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa's suit challenging the citizenship of Atiku Abubakar has been postponed
  • The group instituted the matter back in 2019 challenging the former vice president's eligibility to contest for the Nigerian presidency
  • Justice Inyang Ekwo in a short ruling adjourned the suit following the inability of the parties to regularise their amended processes

A report by The Nation indicates that a suit seeking to challenge former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s eligibility to contest for Nigeria's highest political office was on Monday, September 27, adjourned.

According to Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, this is due to the inability of the parties in the suit to regularise their amended processes to accommodate the 5th defendant.

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Atiku Abubakar
Atiku’s eligibility to contest the presidential election is being challenged by an Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA). Photo credit: Atiku Abubakar
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The judge in a ruling adjourned the matter until December 6 for further mention, Vanguard added.

It would be recalled that Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA) sued Atiku on the grounds that he was not a Nigerian citizen by birth.

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The group had joined the former VP as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as 1st to 4th respondents respectively.

2023: Hope for Atiku presidency as 17 political parties endorse ex-vice president

Earlier, leaders of 17 political parties and civil society groups in Delta state endorsed the former vice president for the 2023 presidency.

The endorsement is coming on the heels of demands by governors of the 17 southern states for a president of southern extraction.

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According to the leaders, ethnicity or political affiliation should not be the determining factor in who becomes president in 2023.

2023: Northern PDP chieftains insists on presidential ticket

Meanwhile, northern chieftains in the PDP are galvanising support to get the presidential ticket of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Leaders from the north in the PDP met on Tuesday, September 22 in Abuja to articulate their position ahead of their meeting with the Enugu state governor and chairman of the PDP zoning committee, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

the meeting at the instance of former police affairs minister, Adamu Waziri had in attendance about 28 chieftains of the main opposition party across the three zones that make up northern Nigeria.

Source: Legit.ng

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