APC claim that I am a Cameroonian is ridiculous- Atiku

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Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded elections has described as ‘ridiculous’ the submission of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential election tribunal that he is not a Nigerian but a Cameroonian.

Atiku said this in a statement issued on Saturday by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, stressing that the APC lacks evidence to refute his claims that the 2019 elections were rigged and that is why they have resorted to this ridiculous allegations against the former Vice President.

“His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, told us previously that he has verifiable and incontrovertible evidence to show that the last Presidential elections were fraudulent, not credible and did not reflect the will of the Nigerian people, and he has been vindicated by the response of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, to his petition to the Electoral Tribunal hearing the petition he filed.

“The former Vice President based his case on facts and statistical evidence and challenged both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC, to disprove his factual submissions.

“The fact that the APC chose to base its defence on the ridiculous assertion that the Waziri Adamawa is not a Nigerian should show to Nigerians the type of characters we have in the APC and its government, whose legitimacy runs out on May 29, 2019,” the statement said.

Atiku said further that the position of the APC is so pedestrian and shows such straw clutching desperation on their part, adding that he will not dignify it with an answer.

“Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court. But the point I want to draw the attention of Nigerians to is that both the APC and its candidate have by this infantile logic admitted to the fact that they trampled on the will of Nigerians and that their only defence is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term ‚ÄėNigerian‚Äô.

“I am, however, confident in the Nigerian judiciary, as well as in the Nigerian people. I trust that the Tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves. We must maintain our fidelity to the rule of law and to our fountain of origin, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended),” Atiku said.

The statement noted that Atiku Abubakar has served Nigeria diligently in various capacities, from the civil service, where he rose through merit, to the top of his chosen field, to public service, where, by the grace of God, he was the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Moreover, he has committed his assets and talents to developing our nation through the provision of tens of thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs,” the statement added.

Atiku urged Nigerians to disregard the claims of the APC saying “I make bold to state that those who have made Nigeria the world headquarters for extreme poverty are the very people whose Nigerianness should be in doubt, and not a man, who worked with President Olusegun Obasanjo to double the per capita Income of our nation in less than eight years.”

 

 Innocent Odoh, Abuja

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