Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has reacted to the claim by the All Progressive Congress (APC), that the 2019 presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is not a Nigerian citizen.
Citing the constitution as amended, Keyamo said that the fact that Atiku has served Nigeria as a custom officer and vice president, does not make him a Nigerian.
He, however, advised “those who are informed” to go and read thoroughly Section 131 in conjunction with Section 25 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
The APC member disclosed that the decision to test the matter in court was a collective decision reach by more than 18 senior advocates representing the President and the APC at the Election Petition Tribunal.
He stressed that the fact that Atiku served as a vice president for eight years does not make him a Nigerian, saying, “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,” Keyamo stated.
He said that the matter has never been tested in court before does not provide a platform for someone to keep doing “something that is wrong”.
The senior advocate noted that 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, “I can tell you for free that since 1960, this is the most useless petition that has been presented before any court of law, or any Tribunal to adjudicate.”