2023 Presidency: Court Announces Date To Give Verdict on Atiku’s Eligibility[Photos]

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed Monday, February 21, 2022, for judgment in a suit seeking to challenge the eligibility of former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to vie for the office of the president in Nigeria.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Monday, December 6, after taking arguments from counsel to the parties in the suit.

It was gathers that a group named Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA) had sued Atiku, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as first to fourth respondents respectively.

The group is challenging Atiku’s eligibility to contest for presidency on the grounds that he was not a Nigerian citizen by birth.

Among others, EMA asked the court to hold that considering the provisions of sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding Atiku’s birth, he cannot contest for the office of the president.

Contrary to the argument of Atiku’s lawyer, Eyitayo Jegede, EMA through its counsel, Akinola Oladimeji, said the suit was not a pre-election one, adding that it sought to know the citizenship of Atiku.

The counsel further argued that a pre-election matter is filed by an aspirant in an election, noting that EMA was not an aspirant in the 2019 presidential election.

Oladimeji argued that even though Atiku was said to have been born in Nigeria, he was not a Nigerian citizen.

He stated that for the fact that the mistake had been done in time past did not mean that this should continue.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Titi Abubakar, the wife of former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has hinted that she will encourage him to try for the presidency one more time.

There are insinuations that the popular politician will give it a shot one more time in the year 2023.

Mrs. Abubakar, a native of Osun state, says if it is God’ s will, her husband will emerge as the president of the country.

Mrs Abubakar/

She told The Punch newspaper: ” When my husband was in school, he was into politics. And once you’ re a politician, you will continue to be a politician. Yes, he has been in politics, since the time of MKO Abiola, but it is destiny. If God said the time is not ripe, there’ s nothing one can do. You continue trying.

“God says we should pray without ceasing, and we shall continue to pray. If it is your heart desire, you continue to pray to God and worry Him, until He gives you that thing you want. So, I cannot tell my husband not to play politics. Maybe, God has said this is the right time for him.”