Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is said not to be a citizen of Nigerian.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja stating that Atiku is not a Nigerian.
APC in its petition filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi faulted the candidacy of Atiku in the election, adding that Atiku is a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian citizen, Channels Tv reports.
The party hence stated that the former Vice President’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari, its own candidate, should be dismissed for lacking in merit.
The petition read: “The 11.1 million votes recorded in favor of the two petitioners should be voided and considered a waste by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.”
“The Party averred that 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.”
“Prior to 1919, Cameroon was being administered by Germany and that following the defeat of Germany in World War 1, which ended in 1918, Cameroon became part of a League of Nations mandate territory which consisted of French Cameroon and British Cameroon in 1919.”
“In 1961, a plebiscite was held in British Cameroon to determine whether the people preferred to stay in Cameroon or align with Nigeria.”
“While Northern Cameroon preferred a union with Nigeria, the Southern Cameroon chose alignment with the mother country and that it was as a result of the plebiscite that Northern Cameroon, which included Adamawa, became a part of Nigeria.”