NEWS

A court has set a date for a case about Atiku Abubakar’s citizenship

- Advertisement -

The new case that questions whether former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is eligible to run for president in 2023 will be heard on July 20 by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

In a ruling given by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the court said that all the legal papers should be sent to Atiku by substituted service so that he could respond to the suit.

- Advertisement -

It said that the former vice president, who is running for president for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), should be served within seven days by putting court documents in a national newspaper.

In particular, the plaintiff asked the court to decide: “Whether by the combined provisions of sections 1(1) and (2), 25 and 131(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), only a Nigeria citizen by birth can run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?”

As well as, “Whether by the combined interpretation of sections 1(1) and (2), 25(1) and (2), and 131(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), and given the circumstances of the 1st Defendant’s birth, the 2nd and 3rd Defendants can clear him to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?”

- Advertisement -
READ ALSO:  Dapo Abiodun Responds to Tinubu's Statement That He Made Him Governor

The plaintiff asked the court to rule that Sections 1(1) and (2), 25, and 131(a) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria say that only a Nigerian citizen by birth can run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“A solemn declaration by this Honorable Court that the 1st Defendant is not constitutionally qualified to run for election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because of how he was born.

“An order from this Honorable Court saying that the first Defendant, Atiku Abubakar, is not allowed to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

- Advertisement -

“A declaration that the PDP does not have a candidate for President in the 2023 Presidential Election, which will be run by the third defendant.”

“An order of perpetual injunction of this Honorable Court preventing the 1st Defendant from running for or holding the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in any way and for the rest of his life.

“An order of permanent injunction from this Honorable Court stopping the 2nd Defendant from putting up the 1st Defendant as its candidate for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

- Advertisement -
READ ALSO:  Kogi Workers are dying – Organized Labour tells Governor Bello

Also, “An order of perpetual injunction prohibiting the third defendant from accepting or publishing the name of the first defendant as a candidate of the second defendant for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the upcoming 2023 Presidential election.”

The person asking for the relief told the court that the first defendant, Atiku, got his Nigerian citizenship because of a vote in 1961 that brought some people from Northern Cameroon into Nigeria as new citizens.

- Advertisement -

“On May 28, 2022, the 1st Defendant’s primary election showed that the 2nd Defendant’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election was the 1st Defendant.

- Advertisement -

“Allowing the 1st Defendant to run for president in 2023 as the candidate of the 2nd Defendant would be a grave violation of the otherwise sacred and inviolable provisions of Sections 1(1) and (2), 25 and 131(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.” (as amended).

“The 3rd Defendant has a duty to make sure that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not ruled by anyone or any group of people who don’t follow the Constitution.

- Advertisement -
READ ALSO:  Daughter of Kaduna polytechnic lecturer set free after 38 days in captivity

“The Plaintiff is an Apostle of Rule of Law, a follower of constitutionalism, a fighter for social justice, and a defender of Rule of Law.

The plaintiff said, “This suit is a public interest litigation to protect the sanctity of the constitution as the supreme law of the land (suprema lex) and to protect the public interest in making sure that constitutional supremacy is enforced, followed, and not made useless or a joke of.”

You may remember that a constitutional lawyer named Mr. Johnmary Jideobi went to the court and said that Atiku is not allowed by the constitution to run for president.

- Advertisement -

In the lawsuit with the number FHC/ABJ/CS/751/2022, the plaintiff asked the court to decide on two legal questions. He then asked for seven main things from Atiku, the PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who were listed as the first, second, and third defendants in the case.

- Advertisement -

The 4th defendant was the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button
error: Content is protected !!