The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has informed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will not be a Nigerian and subsequently not certified to have stood for the election.
While urging the tribunal to dismiss Atiku’s petition in opposition to its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, for missing in benefit, APC stated that the 11.1 million votes recorded in favour of Atiku and the PDP ought to be voided and regarded a waste by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Besides, the APC’s reply to the petition, filed by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), faulted the candidacy of Abubakar within the election, insisting that as a Cameroonian, he ought to not have taken half in Nigeria’s presidential ballot within the first occasion.
The Party averred that Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon and is, subsequently, a citizen of Cameroon and never a Nigerian by delivery.
Going down reminiscence lane, APC claimed that previous to 1919, Cameroon was being administered by Germany and that following the defeat of Germany in World War 1, which finish in 1918, Cameroon turned a part of a League of Nations mandate territory which consisted of French Cameroon and British Cameroon in 1919.
APC additional argued that in 1961, a plebiscite was held in British Cameroon to find out whether or not the people most well-liked to remain in Cameroon or align with Nigeria.
According to the social gathering, whereas northern Cameroon most well-liked a union with Nigeria, southern Cameroon selected alignment with the mom nation and that it was because of the plebiscite that northern Cameroon, which included Adamawa, turned part of Nigeria.
APC, subsequently, stated that opposite to the assertion of Atiku in his petition, he (Abubakar) had no proper to be voted for as a candidate within the election to the workplace of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019.
The social gathering averred that by cause of Atiku not having certified to contest the election, all votes purportedly solid for him and the PDP within the February 23 election have been wasted votes.
Besides, the difficulty across the origin of Abubakar, the APC asserted that many of the claims contained in his petition had turn into statute barred and that the tribunal was not the suitable discussion board to entertain the identical.
The ruling social gathering informed the tribunal that the difficulty of instructional qualification of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, raised by Atiku couldn’t be handled by the tribunal as a result of the interval for claims and objections on such points had expired and that the petitioners failed and uncared for to make use of the suitable interval to problem the validity of the tutorial qualification of Buhari as contained within the kind CF001, submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within the basic election.
According to APC, for the reason that petitioners have waived their proper to problem the propriety of knowledge contained in Form CF001 of President Buhari, their petition not disclosed any cheap reason behind motion.
APC additionally faulted the allegations of non-compliance with related legal guidelines made by Atiku and PDP, including that their failure to make particular references to the compliance difficulty had a deadly impact on the petition and subsequently the petition didn’t have sufficient materials to justify the bottom of any reduction sought.
Atiku had in his petition with reference quantity: CA/PEPC/002/2019 faulted the conduct of the February 23 presidential election on grounds of non-compliance with the relevance electoral legal guidelines and different malpractices corresponding to intimidation of voters, illegal arrest of his sympathisers and the harassment by troopers and different regulation enforcement of these wishing to vote for him.
The former vp and PDP claimed to have scored nearly all of the lawful votes within the election and prayed the tribunal to declare them as winners of the election.
In the choice, the PDP candidate prayed for an order for the cancellation of the election and one other order by the tribunal directing the INEC to conduct a recent one that may conform to the related legal guidelines.
But the APC within the reply argued that failure of Abubakar to hitch the Nigerian Army, police and different safety businesses who have been alleged to have carried out the harassment and intimidation as defendants within the petition to determine his declare was deadly to the petition.
The social gathering urged the court to strike out the claims.
The social gathering, subsequently, prayed the tribunal to uphold the victory of its candidate, Buhari, who polled 15,191,347 votes to emerge winner of the ballot and his subsequent declaration as president-elect by INEC whereas additionally urging that the petition in opposition to the victory ought to be dismissed for having no reason behind motion.
No date has been mounted for the listening to of the petition.