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2023: Court dismisses suit challenging Atiku’s citizenship, calls plaintiff ‘busy body’

The road to contest the 2023 presidency may have been less foggy for former vice president, Atiku Abubakar as the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, struck out a suit challenging his citizenship.

A group, under the aegis of the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa, had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/177, urged the court to determine; “Whether section 25 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), is the sole authority that spells out ways by which a person can become a Nigerian citizen by birth?”

It urged the court to declare that given the circumstances surrounding Atiku’s birth, he cannot be cleared by either PDP or the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to vie for Presidency.

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However, the court, in the judgement that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, struck out the suit for want of merit.

The court held that Plaintiff, which it described as a “busy body”, lacked the locus standi to institute the action.

Meanwhile, the group, through its lawyer, Mr Akinola Oladimeji, has vowed to take the matter to the Court of Appeal.

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