Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, has punched holes in the presidential ambitions of Atiku Abubakar after he revealed to a Federal High court in Abuja that Atiku is not a Nigerian by birth.
Malami filed a suit against Atiku on the grounds of his nationality in the 2019 election to disqualify him from running as President in the election.
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Malami alleged that Atiku was born in Cameroon and with the circumstances surrounding his birth, he is automatically disqualified to run for President.
He said: “This is even more so where his parents do not belong to any tribe indigenous to Nigeria until their death,”
The facts of his (Atiku’s) birth on the Cameroonian territory to Cameroonian parents remain unchallenged.
At best, the first defendant can only acquire Nigerian citizenship by the 1961 plebiscite. The citizenship qualifications under Section 26 and 27 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999), by implication, has limited the first defendant’s privileges or rights and cannot be equal or proportional to the privileges of other citizens who acquire their citizenship status by birth.
This would include the legal preclusion of the first defendant from contesting for the office of the President of Nigeria.
If either his parents had become Nigerian citizen by virtue of Section 25(1) of the 1999 Constitution, which must be in compliance with Sections 26 and 27of the same constitution.
With no concrete proof of compliance, we submit that the first defendant cannot contest election to the office of the Nigerian President.”