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Atiku Not Qualified To Become President: Timi Frank Blasts Justice Malami Over Comment

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Political activist, Timi Frank has condemned the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for saying Peoples Democratic Party Chieftain, Atiku Abubakar is not eligible to run for the position of president.

Malami had approached a federal high court in Abuja claiming that the former Vice President is not a Nigerian, hence he is not eligible for any political office in the country.

The former deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress called on Malami to focus on issues related to his appointment rather than taking Atiku to court over baseless claims.

“Atiku Abubakar is a true Nigerian who has sacrificed a lot to stabilise Nigeria’s democracy and economy.”

“It is both disgraceful and unpatriotic for the likes of Malami to be making such unguarded and divisive comments at this time of our country’s existence.”

“It is this kind of divisive comments that fuel various secessionist agitations in this country today.”

“Otherwise, how can Malami say Atiku is not a true Nigerian?”

“A man who contested the governorship of Adamawa State and won and later became the Vice President of Nigeria for eight years has suddenly become a foreigner in Nigeria?”

“How can a man who served this country as a Customs officer and has many establishments that contribute immensely to the development of this country suddenly not become a true Nigerian?

“Is this how everything has become a joke to Malami and other comedians running the present administration?”

“This politics of holding to straws in a failed attempt to dent the image of patriotic and respected Nigerian like Atiku is reprehensible.”

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Keyamo Slams Nigerians Inciting Osibanjo To Rebel Against Buhari

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Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has criticised those inciting the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo into rebeling against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Grassroots reported that Buhari had jet out of Nigeria to London for a medical checkup and many calling on him to transfer executive power to his vice.

Keyamo said some anarchists who wants the current government to crumble are attempting to push Osinbajo into rebellion.

He, however, described Osinbajo as a dutiful Vice President who has refused to do their biddings.

In a series of tweets, Keyamo wrote: “The intention of those castigating the VP as being ‘docile’ is to egg him on to rebel against his boss.

“They know he’s dutifully performing his constitutional roles, but these are anarchists who would wish this govt crumbles. The dutiful VP has failed to fuel their warped fancies.

“Democracy is NOT the govt of the educated, by the educated and for the educated. No one will come and worship your certificate and concede power to you.

“It’s indeed a measure of education to respect and accommodate all shades of people and opinions and then access power through such humility.”

Buhari was criticized for refusing to handover power to Osinbajo before traveling to London for his routine medical checkup.

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Atiku Does Not Have Nigerian Parents, Not Qualified To Contest – Justice Malami

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Former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party Chieftain, Atiku Abubakar under the current 1999 constitution is not eligible to contest for the position of a President, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) has said.

The AGF argued that, having not been born a Nigerian or by Nigerian parents, and having not met the provisions of Sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution, Atiku would be violating Section 118(1)(k) of the Electoral Act should he put himself forward as candidate.

These form part of the AGF’s arguments in support of the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA).

The EMA is challenging Atiku’s eligibility to contest for President and praying the court to hold among others, that considering the provisions of sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding his birth, the former vice president cannot contest for the top office.

In documents filed for the AGF by a team of lawyers, led by Oladipo Okpeseyi (SAN), it was agreed that, as argued by the plaintiff, Atiku is not a Nigerian citizen by birth.

Although the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 was filed before the 2019 presidential election, it is yet to be heard and determined.

However, it was mentioned on March 15, during which Justice Inyang Ekwo noted that the suit was ripe for hearing and fixed May 4, for that purpose.

The AGF in the affidavit said: “The first defendant (Atiku) is not qualified to contest to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The first defendant is not a fit and proper person to be a candidate for election to the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The first defendant was born on the 25th of November, 1946 at Jada, at the time in Northern Cameroon. By the plebiscite of 1961, the town of Jada was incorporated into Nigeria.

“The first defendant is a Nigerian by virtue of the 1961 plebiscite, but not a Nigerian by birth. The first defendant’s parents died before the 1961 plebiscite.”

In his written address, the AGF argued that the effect of the June1, 1961 plebiscite was to have the people of. Northern Cameroon integrated into Nigeria as new citizens of the country, even after Nigeria’s independence.

He added: “This qualified all those born before the 1961 plebiscIte as citizens of Nigeria, but not Nigerian citizen by birth. Consequently, only citizens born after the 1961 plebiscite are citizens of Nigeria by birth.”

He cited provisions of the 1960, 1963, 1979 and 1999 constitutions and noted that the “reasoning of the lawmakers in ensuring that the persons to be the President of Nigeria is a citizen of Nigeria by birth is because such a person is the number one citizen and the image of the Nigerian state.”

The AGF argued that, where it is revealed that a person was born outside Nigeria before Nigeria’s independence in 1960, in a location which was never part of Nigeria until June 1, 1961, as it is in this case, such a person cannot claim citizenship of Nigeria by birth.

“This is even more so where his parents do not belong to any tribe indigenous to Nigeria until their death. The facts of his (Atiku’s) birth on the Cameroonian territory to Cameroonian parents remain unchallenged.

“At best, the first defendant can only acquire Nigerian citizenship by the 1961 plebiscite. The citizenship qualifications under Section 26 and 27 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999), by implication, has limited the first defendant’s privileges or rights and cannot be equal or proportional to the privileges of other citizens who acquire their citizenship status by birth.

“This would include the legal preclusion of the first defendant from contesting for the office of the President of Nigeria.

The AGF noted that the only situation where Atiku could have acquired Nigerian citizenship by birth under the 1999 Constitution was if both or either of his parents and grand parents were Nigerian citizens by birth.

He added that another way would have been “if either his parents had become Nigerian citizen by virtue of Section 25(1) of the 1999 Constitution, which must be in compliance with Sections 26 and 27of the same constitution.

“With no concrete proof of compliance, we submit that the first defendant cannot contest election to the office of the Nigerian President.”

Section 26 contains the process of obtaining citizenship by registration, while Section 27 provides for the process of obtaining citizenship by naturalisation.

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Sani advises Tinubu to learn from Abiola’s travails

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The former senator, who represented Kaduna Central at the Eighth Senate, Shehu Sani, has warned Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to be careful in his dealings with northerners, especially their elite, saying that most of them are hypocrites that would pull him down in his presidential ambition.

Sani, while shedding light on his recent tweet to Tinubu on his 69th birthday where he advised the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to get someone he trusts to always translate what they said in Hausa whenever he visits the North, said majority of the common people in the North do not support the touted presidential ambition of Tinubu in 2023.

He asked Tinubu to learn from the ordeals of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola who, despite his support and achievement in the North, ended up being sabotaged by northerners.

Sani, who spoke in Osogbo, yesterday, claimed that what northern elite tell Tinubu in English language is not what they say in Hausa and stressed the need for the former Lagos State governor to get a Hausa language translator whenever he visits the North.

He said that common people in the North were not in support of Tinubu to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari and advised him to go back to the drawing board and see how he could gain support in the North.

He said: “Well, the person of Asiwaju is the one I know in the field of struggle. He was one of those in the struggle for the restoration of democracy and also a leading figure in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) while I was part of the fight for democracy. We worked together for MKO’s project and for the resistance against the annulment.

“I know him personally. But what I tweeted is more of a Biblical/Shakespearian allegory or whatever one can use in sending message to someone and what I am trying to say is that as he is allegedly moving towards contesting for the presidency, he should try to know the actual feeling on ground as far as North is concerned because I know what Abiola went through.

“Abiola served the North more than any other businessman from the western part of Nigeria. He printed the Quran and shared it to many Muslims. He donated houses and empowered people; he supported academics and religious clerics. Abiola was one of those passionate about the unity of Nigeria because of the solidarity between the South-West and the northern part of Nigeria.

But how did he end up? They (northerners) conspired against him and sabotaged him and at the end of the day, he had gone.”

When asked whether he would be supporting Tinubu when he finally throws his hat in the ring in contesting the 2023 presidential election, the former lawmaker said: “If my People’s Redemption Party (PRP) adopts him, I will support him.”

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