The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has described the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar’s defence against the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) claiming that he is not a Nigerian as “weak and porous.”
APC has filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, stating that Atiku is not a Nigerian but a Cameroonian.
Reacting, Atiku speaking through his media aide, Paul Ibe, told Saturday Sun, that it was an insult to Nigerians and the office of Vice President which he occupied for eight years, for the APC to question his nationality.
However, speaking during a broadcast on Radio Biafra, Kanu advised Atiku to take his free legal advice and “unleash what they have against Jubril.”
Kanu stressed that “between Atiku and the man occupying Aso Rock, only Atiku is a Nigerian, the other is Sudanese.”
The IPOB leader said he merely used the issue of “Atiku’s citizenship of Nigeria, via a referendum”, to buttress his point about the need for a referendum on Biafra.
He said: “When I first raised this issue, which incidentally has been ignored by all arms of government including INEC whose duty it is to ensure that candidates meet all stipulated constitutional requirements, it was not to insinuate or imply that Atiku is not a Nigerian, but rather to highlight the very constitutionally critical point at the heart of IPOB agitation for
Biafra independence; which is that asking for a referendum is never a crime in any law known to man.
“However, the weak and porous argument Atiku’s defence team is making in response to this line of attack by APC is to say that, ‘it is ludicrous to allege that a man who became Nigeria’s vice-president, who has lived, invested and paid tax in the country for years is not a citizen.
“This is a wholly unnecessary digression that failed to address the constitutional question of place of birth as key qualification for anybody seeking to become the president of Nigeria. That Atiku was the Vice President is not the issue at hand but rather his suitability as defined by the constitution of Nigeria.”
According to him, APC putting up the argument in court is a “vindication that everything I say on Radio Biafra is the truth.”
He said: “It may appear outlandish and unbelievable at first, but eventually history always vindicate me. It is now over the Atiku’s team to unleash what they have against Jubril.
“I will offer free legal advice to Atiku live on air in the hope that they will use it because it is obvious Atiku won the election and APC are deploying all instruments of coercion at the disposal of the Nigerian state to deny him his mandate. Between Atiku and the man occupying Aso Rock, only Atiku is a Nigerian, the other is Sudanese.”
Recall that the issue of Atiku’s citizenship was first raised by Kanu in the build up to the 2019 elections.