Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council, Festus Keyamo, has defended the shocking motion filed against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, claiming that he is not Nigerian and as such, unqualified to run for president.
Backstory: The lead counsel to the ruling party, Lateef Fagbemi had on Friday filed a motion before the Presidential Election Tribunal, faulting Atiku’s candidacy in the recently held 2019 Presidential Election, claiming that the PDP candidate is originally from Cameroon, not Nigeria.
The motion was filed in bid to counter and dismiss Atiku’s current petition before the Election Tribunal, claiming that the results provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been tampered with, and President Muhammadu Buhari was not the real winner of the February 27 polls.
What Keyamo said: Appearing on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics show alongside his PDP counterpart, Segun Sowunmi, Keyamo said Atiku’s previous position as Vice President was “irrelevant” in the case.
- “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.”
- He disclosed that the issue of citizenship was just one of the six grounds raised to challenge Atiku’s petition.
On questions surrounding the validity of president Buhari’s WAEC certificate, Keyamo also said:
- “There are other levels of qualifications to run for the office of President. In fact, if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, by the provisions of the constitution, you do not even need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria.”
- “It becomes extremely foolish for anybody who is not statutorily empowered to issue WAEC certificates to come and challenge the body that has the statutory power to issue certificates.”