By Adelola Amihere
A suit challenging the eligibility of the Peoples Democratic Party’s PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to run as President has been filed by the Forward with Buhari Campaign Group.
The case filed by Constitutional Lawyer and Secretary of Forward With Buhari (FWB), Dr. Kayode Ajulo with Suite Number FAC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, is asking the court to interpret section 25 (1) & (2) and 131(a) of the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
In an originating sermons, which include, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, People Democratic Party (PDP), the Independent National Electoral, Commission (INEC) and the Anthony General of the Federation as defendants, Ajulo is asking the court to determine whether section 25 of the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) is the sole authority that spells out ways by which a person can become a Nigerians citizen by birth; Whether by the provision of section 131(a) of the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) only a Nigeria citizen by birth can contest for the office of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria; and whether by combine interpretation of section 25 (1) & (2) and 131(a) of the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended and given the circumstances surrounding the birth of the 1st defendant, hr can be cleared by the 2nd and 3rd defendants to contest for the office of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria?
He said on the basis of the above section that Atiku is not fit to contest the presidential election, as he is not a Nigerian citizen by birth.
Quoting relevant laws, he said Atiku Abukakar is not fit to contest.
“Atiku is from Jada town in Adamawa State of Nigeria. However, Jada used to be in Ganye Local Government Area in Adamawa. Ganye is regarded as the mother of the whole Chamba tribe. Jada as a Local Government Area was created from Ganye Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Nigeria.
“Ganye, however, was never part of Nigeria legally until the February 1961 plebiscite where the people of the then Northern Cameroon voted to join Nigeria. The area had been entrusted to Britain by a League of Nations mandate in 1919 and later as Trust Territory by the United Nations in 1946.
“A plebiscite was held in British Cameroons to determine whether the people preferred to stay in Cameroon or align with Nigeria. While Northern Cameroon preferred a union with Nigeria, Southern Cameroon chose alignment with their mother country,” he said.
He said further that: “On June 1, 1961, Northern Cameroon became part of Nigeria, and on October 1, 1961, the Southern territory dissolved into Cameroon.
He therefore submitted that the Constitution is supreme and its provisions have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This informs the reasons why we are approaching the law court to enforce this,” he said.