A law suit seeking the disqualification of the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar over his citizenship has just been instituted.
The action was instituted by a Nigerian constitutional lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi. He has asked the federal high court to disqualify Atiku ahead of the 2023 elections , arguing that the candidate elect and one time Vice President’s place of birth puts a big question mark on his citizenship.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/751/2022, Jideobi listed the party, PDP and INEC as the second and third defendants alleged that Atiku is not constitutionally qualified to participate in the 2023 elections. The lawyer also mentioned the Attorney-General of Federation , Abubakar Malami , as the fourth defendants.
It can be recalled that the suit first challenging the eligibility of Atiku’s citizenship was first filed in 2019 by a civil society organisation , the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa. The suit was, however, dismissed after a series of arguments by stakeholders.
The plaintiff posed two legal questions for the court to determine. The lawyer asked the court to determine “Whether by the combined interpretation of section 1(1) & (2), 25 and 131 (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), and giving the circumstances surrounding the birth of the 1st Defendant, he cn be cleared by the 2nd and 3rd Defendants to contest for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?”.
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