Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari told an election tribunal that PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar is Cameroonian by birth and was not a citizen of Nigeria and ought not to have even been allowed to run for the office in the oil-producing State.
The asservation was made in a petition filed by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress to the panel in Abuja, according to a spokesman of that party. It came in response to a filling by the PDP challenging the outcome and result of the recently concluded Presidential election.
Abubakar’s party filed a petition at the Presidential Elections Tribunal last month to nullify Buhari’s victory on allegations that voting was rigged in favor of the incumbent. Buhari, 76, was declared the winner for his second term, with 56 percent of the vote, while Abubakar garnered 41 percent.
Abubakar had no right to be elected because he was born in Jada, Adamawa, when it was part of Northern Cameroon, which later became a part of Nigeria by a plebiscite, APC spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu said by phone.
“Plebiscite is not stated in the constitution as a condition for citizenship,’’ Issa-Onilu said. “The constitution says what makes somebody a Nigerian, and it is by birth.”
The only defense of the APC and President Buhari “is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term Nigerian,’’ Abubakar said in a statement emailed by his spokesman Paul Ibe. “I trust that the tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves.’’