Atiku replies APC, says I’m a full blooded Nigerian
The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has rebuked All Progressives Congress, APC, describing the allegation that he is a Cameroonian as puerile, face-saving, vexatious, absolutely and completely unfounded. Atiku, in his response to preliminary objection APC filed to challenge his petition against the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23 presidential election, maintained that he is a full blooded Nigerian.
He urged the presidential election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja to ignore what he termed as “extraneous facts, contradictory, diversionary, evasive, speculative and vague assertions,” by APC and President Buhari. Atiku told the tribunal that contrary to APC’s allegation that he is an alien, he said he is a Nigerian by birth and a Fulani by tribe.
He told the tribunal that he has been a Nigerian politician for about 30 years, adding that in 1992, he contested in the presidential primaries on the platform of then Social Democratic Party, SDP, alongside the late Chief M.K.O Abiola and Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe. He said: “Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 3rd Respondent’s reply, the petitioners state that the 1st petitioner 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).