he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate for the 2019 polls, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) the he is not a Nigerian citizen.
ekohotblog reports that the APC filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja saying Atiku has no right to challenge the result of the 2019 presidential election as he was not a Nigerian.
The APC said Atiku’s case lacked merit as he was a Cameroonian and therefore has no right to stand for election. However, reacting to the claim, Atiku, who spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe, to The Sun, on Friday, April 12, that it is an insult to Nigerians and the office of Vice President, which he (Atiku) occupied for eight years, for the APC to allege that he is not a Nigerian.
His words: “That is idiotic. It is idiotic. And it is ridiculous. Atiku Abubakar is a former vice president of Nigeria. Are they telling us that a former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not a Nigerian? That is disrespectful to Nigerians and for the office he has held, which other people will hold and will continue to hold. Everything must not be on the alter of politics.”