The Adamawa State Government, on Tuesday, told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that former Vice President Atiku Abukakar is eligible to vie for the office of the president.
The Attorney-General of Adamawa, Afraimu Jingi, told Justice Inyang Ekwo while moving a motion on notice, seeking to be joined in the suit filed by a group against Atiku and three others.
The group, an Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA), in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019, had sued Atiku, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as 1st to 4th respondents respectively.
EMA challenged Atiku’s eligibility to contest for presidency on the grounds that he is not a Nigerian citizen by birth.
The group asked the court to hold among others, that considering the provisions of Sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding the former vice president’s birth, he cannot contest for the top office.
But Jingi, through his lawyer, Chief L.D. Nzadon, in the motion dated April 26 and filed June 24, sought an order of the court to be joined in the matter.
Moving the motion, Nzadon based his argument on 21 grounds.
The lawyer described the matter as..:
A public interest suit to ensure that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is complied with in the election of the President of Nigeria.
He said the Adamawa AG is a chief law officer of the state who must be brought in as a party.
The Attorney-General is traditionally the guardian of the public interest in any public interest litigation.
According to him, this matter cannot be effectively and conclusively determined unless the Attorney General of Adamawa is joined as a party.