The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to claim by the ruling All Progressive Congress that he is a non-Nigeria.
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The APC had in its response to Atiku’s petition to election tribunal challenging the party and its candidate, President Muhahammadu Buhari’s victory in the said election alleged that the former Vice President is a Cameroonian.
“From available records, the lst petitioner (Atiku) was born on the 25th November, 1946 in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon, and is therefore a citizen of Cameroon.
“His father was Garba Atiku Abdulkadir, who died In December, 1957. Prior to 1919, Cameroon was being administered by Germany. “But following the defeat of Germany in World War I, which ended in 1918, Cameroon became a League of Nations mandate territory which was split into French Cameroons and British Cameroons In 1919,” APC told the tribunal.
Denouncing the allegation, Atiku’s camp in a statement torn into the ruling party saying the claim it made about the ex-VP was childish and act of desperation.
He said, “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’.
Continued: “Atiku Abubakar has served our nation diligently in various capacities, from 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.”