Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abukar, has said that he is a Nigerian who is eligible to contest, while insisting that he won the February 23 presidential election.
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, has debunked the ruling party’s allegation that he is not eligible to contest because he is not a Nigerian.
The former vice president, while reacting to the petition filed before the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal, confirmed that he was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, thereby making him a Nigerian citizen by birth.
He also noted that his parents were Nigerians by birth.
According to him, while his father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir, hailed from Wumo in the present-day Sokoto State, his mother, Aisha Kande, hailed from Dutse, now Jigawa State.
“Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 3rd respondent’s (APC’s) reply, the petitioners state that the 1st petitioner (Atiku) is a citizen of Nigeria by birth and thus qualified to vote and be voted for and returned in the election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, held on Saturday February 23, 2019, going by the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“The 1st petitioner was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, by Nigerian parents and he is, therefore, a citizen of Nigeria by birth.
“The 1st petitioner’s father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir, was a Nigerian by birth who hailed from Wumo in the present-day Sokoto State, while the mother, Aisha Kande, was also a Nigerian who hailed from Dutse in the present-day Jigawa State.
Atiku still insists that he is the winner of the February 23 presidential election following the discovery of server results.
He stated that he scored a total 18, 356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom he said polled 16,741,430 votes.
But INEC had, in its response to the petition, distanced itself from the “server results.”, noting that the 2019 general election result was never collated electronically as Atiku claimed.