The Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council, Festus Keyamo, has revealed why the APC filed a motion challenging the nationality of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.
The ruling APC had filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal faulting the candidacy of Atiku in the election, claiming that Atiku is a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian citizen.
APC stated that the former Vice President’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari, its own candidate, should be dismissed for lacking in merit.
Speaking to Channels TV on Sunday, Keyamo said the APC’s decision to test the matter in court was a collective decision reached by more than 18 senior advocates representing the President and the APC at the Election Petition Tribunal.
According to him, the fact that Atiku served as a vice president for eight years does not make him a Nigerian, adding that, “That is irrelevant.”
“Did you have access to security reports then; did the court look at that issue at that time? We are talking of qualifications to be President of Nigeria, not qualifications to be a Customs officer
“The matter has never been tested in court before does not provide a platform for someone to keep doing something that is wrong
“The issue of citizenship was just one of the six grounds raised to challenge the petition filed by the PDP at the Tribunal,” he said.
He further, advised those who are informed to go and read thoroughly Section 131 in conjunction with Section 25 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.