A royal father in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, has confirmed that the mother of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and former Vice President (VP), Atiku Abubakar, is from Jigawa State.
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The traditional ruler who made this known to reporters and begged that his name should not be mentioned, on the reason that the issue had been politicised, explained that Atiku’s mother was the daughter of late Abdullahi from Jigawar Sarki in Jigawa State.
Atiku had claimed that he is a true Nigerian, explaining that his father is from Sokoto and the mother from Jigawa.
He revealed his origin after the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged that Atiku is from Cameroon and not a citizen of Nigeria, and so not qualified to contest the presidential election.
Opposing a petition filed by Atiku to challenge the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23 election, APC had claimed that Atiku was born on November 25, 1946 in Jada, Adamawa State, which was then in Northern Cameroon.
But the Jigawa monarch told reporters, “As a royal father in Jigawa, I don’t want my name to be mentioned because they have politicised the whole issue.
“However, I can confirm that the late Mrs Kande was from Dutse and her uncle, Adamu Ma’aruf, was the chief imam of Dutse Central Mosque until he died five years after the creation of the state in 1991.”
Atiku had two days ago, told told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that hes a Nigerian by birth, contrary to the allegations made by the All Progressives Congress (APC)
He said, “Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 3rd respondent’s (APC’s) reply, the petitioners state that the 1st petitioner (Atiku) is a citizen of Nigeria by birth and thus qualified to vote and be voted for and returned in the election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, held on Saturday 23rd February, 2019, going by the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“The 1st petitioner was born on 25th November, 1946 in Jada, Adamawa State by Nigerian parents and he is therefore a citizen of Nigeria by birth.
“The 1st petitioner’s father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir, was a Nigerian by birth who hailed from Wumo in present day Sokoto State while the mother, Aisha Kande was also a Nigerian who hailed from Dutse in present day Jigawa State.
“The parents of the 1st Petitioner are both Fulani, a community/tribe indigenous to Nigeria.