2023: Atiku’s Eligibility To Contest As President Takes Center Stage

source: thejournalnigeria
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The eligibility of Atiku Abubakar, a leading PDP presidential aspirant, to run as president has propped up again. This time, the attorney-general of the federation is the one handling the issue. It is frontal attack as seen in the affidavit published on 6 April 2021. The AGF’s affidavit is in support of a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 and filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja by the Incorporated Egalitarian Mission for Africa. Despite the fact that the suit was filed before the last presidential elections, it was yet to be heard in court. It was exhumed on 15 March 2021 as Justice Inyang Ekwo declared that the suit was ripe for hearing. May 4 was fixed as the date for the first hearing. Asides the presidency, Atiku’s political future in Nigeria is on the line given that the suit borders on his citizenship as a Nigerian. Some of the requirements to run for the office of the president in Nigeria are: the candidate must have attained the age of thirty-five years; must be a member of a political party and sponsored by that political party; have been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent, and the candidate must also be Nigerian by birth. The circumstances surrounding Atiku’s birth nonetheless have always been a bone of contention, especially in the last 16 years that he has been pushing to become Nigeria’s president.

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