Atiku not fit to contest for President, Malami tells court

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Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has argued that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is not eligible under the constitution to contest for President.

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

The AGF argued that, having not been born a Nigerian or by Nigerian parents, and having not met the provisions of Sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution, Atiku would be violating Section 118(1)(k) of the Electoral Act should he put himself forward as candidate.

These form part of the AGF’s arguments in support of the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa, EMA.

The EMA is challenging Atiku’s eligibility to contest for President and praying 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 his birth, the former vice president cannot contest for the top office.

In documents filed for the AGF by a team of lawyers, led by Oladipo Okpeseyi (SAN), it was agreed that, as argued by the plaintiff, Atiku is not a Nigerian citizen by birth.

Although the suit was filed before the 2019 presidential election, it is yet to be heard and determined.

However, it was mentioned on March 15, during which Justice Inyang Ekwo noted that the suit was ripe for hearing and fixed May 4, for that purpose.

In his written address, the AGF argued that the effect of the June1, 1961 plebiscite was to have the people of.

Northern Cameroon integrated into Nigeria as new citizens of the country, even after Nigeria’s independence.

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