Abubakar Atiku, the defeated presidential
candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has
debunked notions that he was Cameroonian by
birth and thus not qualified to contest the
election of 23 February, 2019.

Atiku who was born in Jada in 1946, in present
day Adamawa state, but then part of Northern
Cameroon, said he was born by Nigerian parents
and therefore ‘a citizen of Nigeria by birth”.

According to his response to the All Progressives
Congress filing before the Presidential election
tribunal, Atiku said his father, Garba Atiku
Abdulkadir was a Nigerian by birth who hailed
from Wurmo in present day Sokoto State, while
the mother, Aisha Kande was also a Nigerian
who hailed from Dutse in present day Jigawa

“The parents of the 1st Petitioner(Atiku) are both
Fulani, a community/tribe indigenous to Nigeria”,
his lawyers said..

“The birth of the 1st Petitioner in Jada, in present
day Adamawa State of Nigeria was occasioned
by the movement of his paternal grandfather
called Atiku who was an itinerant trader, from
Wurmo in present day Sokoto State to Jada in
the company of his friend, Ardo Usman.
“That in Jada, Atiku, the grandfather of the 1st
Petitioner gave birth to Garba who in tum gave
birth to the 1st Petitioner and named him after
his own father Atiku.

“The 1st Petitioner’s mother, Aisha Kande was
the grand-daughter of Inuwa Dutse who came to
Jada as an itinerant trader too from Dutse in
present day Jigawa State.

“That all averments concerning Germany, British
Cameroons, League of Nations and Plebiscite are
false and misleading in relation to the 1st
Petitioner and therefore completely irrelevant
more so that the 1st Petitioner is a Nigerian by
birth within the contemplation of the Constitution
of the Federal Republic ofNigeria, 1999 (as

“The averments in the aforesaid paragraphs are
indeed fabricated, contrived, made in bad faith
and designed to embarrass the 1st Petitioner.”
Abubakar said that the votes he secured in the
presidential election were not wasted votes, and
still claimed that he got more votes than
President Buhari.

To buttress his Nigerian citizenship, Atiku listed
his career path and political activities and the
awards and honours that he had received.
These included his being a civil servant in the
Nigerian Customs Service for over 20 years,
retiring as a Deputy Director; a politician for
about 30 years, who in 1992 contested the
Presidential Primaries under the platform of then
Social Democratic Party (SDP) alongside the late
Chief M.K.O Abiola and Ambassador Baba Gana

He also mentioned his participation in the 1999
governorship election in Adamawa State in 1999,
which he won and the presidential elections of
1999 and 2003, which he won as running mate to
former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mentioned also was his being a recipient of the
National Honour of Grand Commander of the
Order of the Niger (GCON) and holder of the
traditional title holder of Turakin Adamawa from
1982 to 2017 when he was elevated to Wazirin

“In 2007, the 1st Petitioner contested Presidential
election under the platform of Action Congress
(AC) and the 2nd Respondent contested under
the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples’ Party

“In 2014, the 1st Petitioner and the 2nd
Respondent contested the Presidential Primaries
of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 3rd
Respondent for the 2015 Presidential Elections”.