Atiku, father, grandfather not Nigerians, Kyari tells tribunal

Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar in the February 23 general election was a Cameroonian “flesh and blood’’.

Kyari, who was led through his deposition by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, counsel for the president, insisted that Jada, the hometown of the former vice president was in Adamawa Province, an enclave that belonged to Northern Cameroon in 1946 when he (Atiku) was born.

He explained that Atiku was already born in 1946 before the plebiscite was conducted in 1961 to divide Nigeria and Cameroon when Jada which was part of Northern Cameroon voted to become Nigerian territory.

Kyari further said that the plebiscite also resulted in the Southern part of Cameroon officially aligning to becoming Cameroonian territory.

The witness, therefore, said the French system of assimilation had compelled people of Jada, including Abubakar’s father and grandfather to be full Cameroonians in “flesh and blood’’.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress had urged the tribunal to dismiss PDP’s petition for fielding a non-Nigerian to contest the presidential election.

They submitted that the Constitution had foreclosed the participation of non-Nigerians in the County’s election.

They further argued that it did not matter if the provision was not tested when Atiku was selected to be the country’s vice president.

The president and APC had therefore invited the tribunal to do the needful by dismissing all the allegations made by the petitioners against Buhari’s victory.

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The respondents further submitted that it was inappropriate for a non-Nigerian to contest or challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.

(NAN)

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