Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election, in his reply to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), over his citizenship, said that he would not dignify the APC with a response.
Naija Buzz reported that APC had in its reply to the petition filed by Atiku at the Tribunal alleged that Atiku is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth, but a Cameroonian citizen.
Atiku however in his response through his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, said that his lawyers would do the needful in court.
“The position of the APC is so pedestrian and shows such straw-clutching desperation on their part, that I shall not dignify it with an answer. Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court.
“But the point I want to draw the attention of Nigerians to is that both the APC and its candidate have by this infantile logic admitted to the fact that they trampled on the will of Nigerians and that their only defence is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term ‘Nigerian’.
“I am, however, confident in the Nigerian judiciary, as well as in the Nigerian people. I trust that the Tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves. We must maintain our fidelity to the rule of law and to our fountain of origin, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).”
“Atiku Abubakar has served our nation diligently in various capacities, from the civil service, where he rose through merit, to the top of his chosen field, to public service, where, by the grace of God, he was the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Moreover, he has committed his assets and talents to developing our nation through the provision of tens of thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.”