I have not filed a lawsuit for Atiku citizenship
Pressured by a wave of criticism and condemnation that followed his interrogation in court on the Nigerian citizenship of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Federation Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami deny that they ever took any action regarding Atiku citizenship.
Malami denied this statement by his Special Assistant for Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibiril Gwand, which was relayed to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.
The rebuttal reads, in part: “Honorable Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN has never filed any lawsuits in the country’s courts that would challenge the citizenship of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
“The controversial issue was part of the 2019 electoral issues raised by the Civil Society Organization – United Trustees of the Egalitarian Mission for Africa in Case #: FHC / ABJ / CS / 177/2019, in which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) , The Independent National Electoral Commission (NOC) and the Federation Attorney General’s Office were appointed as co-defendants.
“This issue has already been widely covered in the media since April 2019. Unfortunately, outdated, confusing news is repackaged and presented to the general public as current events.
Malami, in his response to a 2019 lawsuit filed with the federal high court, said Atiku had no right to challenge the presidency of Nigeria because he was not a citizen of Nigeria.
His affidavit in support of this case has a graphic historical record from Atiku that his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were not Nigerians.
The same position was reviewed by the APC All-Progressive Congress petitioning Tribunal for presidential elections in response to Atik’s petition to challenge the return of President Muhammad Bukhari for a second term.
APC affidavits filed on his behalf by the authority of Prince Latif Fagbemi of San Francisco to obstruct Atiku’s petition argued that Atiku is not eligible to run in the 2019 presidential election because he is a Cameroonian citizen and not a Nigerian.
Source: – Daily Post