Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2019 polls, former Vice President has dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting his citizenship as unreasonable.
Atiku, who spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe, told newsmen yesterday, that it is an insult to Nigerians and the office of Vice President, which he occupied for eight years, for the APC to allege that he is not a Nigerian.
He said everything must not be about politics. According to him, “ that is idiotic. It is idiotic. And it is ridiculous. Atiku Abubakar is a former Vice President of Nigeria. Are they telling us that a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not a Nigerian? That is disrespectful to Nigerians and for the office he has held, which other people will hold and will continue to hold. Everything must not be on the alter of politics. “
Efforts to get the reaction of the PDP leadership to the development, as at the time of filing this report, was unsuccessful as the op- position party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, did not respond to repeated calls to his mobile line.
It will be recalled that APC has petition the citizenship status of Atiku, urging the court to disqualify him from contesting for the post of the presidency.
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