Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar

A Federal High Court in Abuja has on Monday ruled in favor of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar canceling a suit to stop him from contesting in the 2023 presidential election.

Why it matters?
A group under the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa sued claiming Atiku Abubakar is not a Nigerian citizen and as such is not eligible to take part in elections. In stating its stance, the suit quoted section 25 (1) & (2) and 131 (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruled against the suit, claiming that the plaintiff didn’t have the locus standi to instigate such action. The judge said such a case is beyond the NGOs’ operational jurisdiction. The group, in response, then said they would take the matter to the Court of Appeal.

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