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Nnamdi Kanu Vindicated Over APC’s Claim That Atiku Is Not Nigerian —IPOB

By Chijioke Jannah

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted to the claim by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that former vice-president Atiku Abubakar is not a Nigerian by birth.

IPOB said that the debate over Atiku’s citizenship only goes to confirm remarks made by its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as truth.

Recall that in the build-up to the 2019 presidential election, Kanu had alleged that Atiku is a Cameroonian.

However, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB stated that political events in the near future will also confirm Kanu’s claim that President Muhammadu is dead and is currently being replaced by an impostor, Jubril Al-Sudani, a Sudanese.

The statement reads, “With the trend of ongoing events in Nigeria, it is now clear to all and sundry that any word uttered by our leader on Radio Biafra is the unquestionable truth backed up by irrefutable facts. Atiku’s nationality debate attests to this.

“Those who over the years derived joy in propagating the lies that Radio Biafra is about propaganda and hate speech are the ones today relying on it to get factual information on constitutional law in Nigeria. Senior Advocates of Nigeria now depend on Nnamdi Kanu to tutor them on constitutional law and the dysfunctional legal system of Nigeria.

“Those that referred to IPOB as miscreants are now the same people now quoting and referencing the speeches of our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in their legal depositions.

“In the same vein and in due course, Nigerians will come to the inescapable realisation that Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is dead and the impostor in Aso Rock is neither of Nigerian citizenship as Atiku nor birth, which both Jubril and Atiku are not.

“The Fulani Aso Rock cabal and their friends in mainstream media in Nigeria can seek to dismiss this fact all they like but in the end, the truth must surely prevail.

“Pretending that things are normal in Nigeria with the current level of injustice, poverty, pain, insecurity, hunger and oppression is a recipe for disaster.

“To drive home this message, our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will deliver a special address on Radio Biafra tonight April 14, 2019, at 7 PM Biafra Time (7 PM UK) for yet another expose on the fraud called Nigeria and further clarification on the thorny issue of Atiku’s nationality.”
(Pulse)

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Atiku Addresses APC’s Allegation That He’s Not Nigerian [Full Statement]

Ifreke Inyang

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not deserve an answer, after contesting his Nigerian citizenship.

The former vice-president stated this in a statement, signed by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Saturday.

Atiku and the PDP are challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, claiming that from the data in INEC’s server, he actually polled a total of 18,356,732 votes while Buhari recorded 16,741,430.

But APC urged the tribunal to dismiss PDP’s petition for incompetence, arguing that Section 131(a) of the Constitution stipulates that a person must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth to be qualified to contest for the office of the President.

Atiku’s statement read: “Dear citizens of our beloved country, Nigeria, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, told us previously that he has verifiable and incontrovertible evidence to show that the last Presidential elections were fraudulent, not credible and did not reflect the will of the Nigerian people, and he has been vindicated by the response of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, to his petition to the Electoral Tribunal hearing the petition he filed.

“The former Vice President based his case on facts and statistical evidence and challenged both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC, to disprove his factual submissions.

“The fact that the APC chose to base its defence on the ridiculous assertion that the Waziri Adamawa is not a Nigerian should show to Nigerians the type of characters we have in the APC and its government, whose legitimacy runs out on May 29, 2019.

“The position of the APC is so pedestrian and shows such straw clutching desperation on their part, that I shall not dignify it with an answer. Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court. But the point I want to draw the attention of Nigerians to is that both the APC and its candidate have by this infantile logic admitted to the fact that they trampled on the will of Nigerians and that their only defence is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term ‘Nigerian’.

“I am, however, confident in the Nigerian judiciary, as well as in the Nigerian people. I trust that the Tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves. We must maintain our fidelity to the rule of law and to our fountain of origin, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

“Atiku Abubakar has served our nation diligently in various capacities, form the civil service, where he rose through merit, to the top of his chosen field, to public service, where, by the grace of God, he was the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Moreover, he has committed his assets and talents to developing our nation through the provision of tens of thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.”

Atiku added that those who have made Nigeria the world headquarters for extreme poverty, are the very people whose Nigerians should be in doubt “and not a man who worked with President Olusegun Obasanjo to double the per capita Income of our nation in less than eight years.” (Daily Post)

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Atiku Responds To APC’s Claim Over His Nationality, Calls It Idiotic |The Republican News

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2019 election, has dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting his citizenship as “idiotic”.

The former vice-president, who spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe, told Saturday Sun, that it was an insult to Nigerians and the office of Vice President which he occupied for eight years, for the APC to question his nationality.

“That is idiotic. It is idiotic. And it is ridiculous. Atiku Abubakar is a former Vice President of Nigeria.

“Are they telling us that a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not a Nigerian? That is disrespectful to Nigerians and for the office he has held, which other people will hold and will continue to hold.

“Everything must not be on the alter of politics,” Ibe said.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Atiku Is Not A Nigerian, Unqualified To Contest For Election —APC

The party in its petition filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, faulted the candidacy of Atiku in the election, adding that he is a Cameroonian. (Daily Post)

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Atiku Can’t Successfully Sue INEC, Buhari Because He’s Not Citizen By Birth

Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar

BY BUNMI AWOYEMI, Ph.D

Chapter VI, Part I, Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution states “that a person may be qualified for election of the office of the President if:
They are a citizen of Nigeria by birth.”

Atiku is not qualified to be President of Nigeria because he is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth. He does not have locus standi to sue INEC and Buhari because he is not a Nigerian citizen by birth.

Atiku became a Nigerian by referendum at the age of 15. He was born a Cameroonian – Undisuptable Fact.

Premuim Times has confirmed that at the time Atiku was born, his area known as Jeda, his tribe, Chamba were part of Northern Cameroon. This may have explained why he may have had Cameroon inscribed on his body as alleged by Nnamdi Kanu. Premium Times noted that his area of Northern Cameroon voted in a referendum to be part of Nigeria in 1961. This means that Atiku was Cameroonian for the first 15 years of his life but became a Nigerian after the 1961 referendum.

Section 25 of the 1999 constitution outlines what citizenship by birth means and provides:
the “following persons are citizens of Nigeria by birth-namely-

(a) every person born in Nigeria before the date of independence, either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria;

Provided that a person shall not become a citizen of Nigeria by virtue of this section if neither of his parents nor any of his grandparents was born in Nigeria.

(b) every person born in Nigeria after the date of independence either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria; and

(c) every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.

(2) In this section, “the date of independence” means the 1st day of October 1960.”

Atiku was not born after the date of Independence. Atiku was born in 1946. None of Atiku’s parents or grand-parents were citizens of Nigeria in 1960 or in 1946 when he was born. None of Atiku’s parents or grandparents were born in Nigeria. Atiku is therefore not a citizen of Nigeria by birth as required by the constitution. Not being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, Atiku should not have been cleared by INEC to run for the office of President of Nigeria.

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BREAKING NEWS: Atiku Is Not A Nigerian, Unqualified To Contest For Election —APC

PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

 

The All Progressives Congress has said that Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth and ought not to have even been allowed in the first place to contest the election.

APC said this in response to the election petition filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

APC, the third respondent to the petition, faulted the grounds of the petition, adding that Atiku “is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth and ought not to have even been allowed in the first place to contest the election.”

APC also faulted the claim by the petitioners that they obtained the authentic results of the February 23, 2019 election from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s server showing that they won the election.

INEC had, on February 27, 2019, declared the APC alongside its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, whom it said polled 11,262,978 votes.

But the petitioners stated in their 139-page petition anchored on five grounds that “from the data in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server…the true, actual and correct results” from “state to state computation” showed that Atiku polled a total of 18,356,732 votes defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes.

They said the results were the total votes scored by the candidates in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as there was “no report on sever” about the results from Rivers State as of February 25, 2019.

By calculation, Atiku and PDP claimed to have defeated Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.

In its reply filed through its lead counsel, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the APC said the data and computation of results on state-to-state basis were not legitimate.

The party stated that only the results declared by INEC were authentic. (Punch)

 

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Group Files Suit To Stop Atiku’s Presidential Bid Over Citizenship

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Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate 

The Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa has asked the Federal High Court Abuja to disqualify the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, from contesting the February 16 presidential election.

The group wants Atiku disqualified over alleged circumstances surrounding his  citizenship.

The suit, which was filed on behalf of the group by Mr. Kayode Ajulo, is seeking an interpretation of Sections 25(1) & (2) and 131(a) of the 1999 Constitution.

The group named the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as defendants in the suit.

It also wants the court to determine, “Whether Section 25 of the Constitution is the sole authority that spells out ways by which a person can become a Nigerian citizen by birth.

“Whether by the provisions of Section 131(a) of the Constitution, only a Nigerian citizen by birth can contest for the office of president.

“Whether by the combined interpretation of Sections 25(1) & (2) and 131(a) of the Constitution and given the circumstances surrounding the birth of Mr. Atiku, he can be cleared by PDP and INEC to contest for office of the president.”

The plaintiff, in the suit, said that if the court resolves the issues in its favour, it should declare that by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, only a Nigerian citizen by birth could contest for president.

“A declaration that by the combined interpretation of Sections 25(l) & (2) and 131(a) of the Constitution and given the circumstances surrounding Atiku’s birth, he cannot be cleared by PDP and INEC to contest for president.”

In an affidavit deposed to by one Michael Okejimi, a legal practitioner in the law firm of Ajulo, the deponent averred that Atiku was born on November 25, 1946.

“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.

“That none of Atiku’s parents or grandparents was born in Nigeria and his father died a citizen of Northern Cameroon in 1957 prior to the referendum of June 1, 1961 that made Northern Cameroon a part of Nigeria.

The suit has, however, not been assigned to a judge.                                                          (NAN)

 

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