The All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential poll, Atiku Abubakar, is not a Nigerian.
The party said based on that allegation, Mr Abubakar was not qualified to have contested the presidential election.
The party claimed that the PDP candidate was a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian citizen, adding that his petition against President Muhammadu Buhari should be dismissed for lack of merit.
The APC was replying to the petition of Mr Abubakar and the PDP, praying the tribunal to declare him as the lawful winner of the presidential election.
The party said the 11.1 million votes recorded in favour of the two petitioners should be voided and considered as wasted votes.
The APC’s reply to the petition, filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, faulted the candidacy of Mr Abubakar in the election.
The party averred that Mr Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon and was, therefore, a citizen of Cameroon and not a Nigerian by birth.
According to APC, contrary to the assertion of Mr Abubakar in his petition, he has no right to be voted for as a candidate in the election to the office of president of Nigeria.
Apart from the issue of the origin of Mr Abubakar, the APC asserted that most of the claims contained in his petition had become statute barred and that the tribunal was not the appropriate place to entertain such.
The APC specifically said that the issue of the educational qualification of Mr Buhari as raised by Mr Abubakar could not be treated by the tribunal.
The party said this was because the period for claims and objections on such issues had expired.
It maintained that the petitioners failed and neglected to use the appropriate period to challenge the validity of the educational qualification of Mr Buhari.
The allegation that Mr Abuabakar was first brought to the attention of Nigerians by the fugitive separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB leader made the allegation from his base outside Nigeria just before the presidential election following his escape from the country.
With NAN report