A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has faulted the argument of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Atiku Abubakar’s eligibility to run for president.

He expressed that the ruling party’s stance that Abubakar is originally from Cameroon implies those who voted in his ward, including for President Muhammadu Buhari, are Cameroonians as well.

Former vice president Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are challenging Buhari’s re-election victory at the tribunal.


APC, in its response to one of Atiku’s allegations, had told the tribunal that the PDP candidate is not qualified to even participate in the presidential election because he is from former Sarduana province of Cameroon that later joined Nigeria through a referendum.

Falana, speaking at a press freedom conference the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) organised in Abuja, said the ruling party had rejoiced when Buhari defeated Atiku in the same ward in question.

“If Atiku is a now Cameroonian, doesn’t that suggest that those who voted for President Buhari in his ward for the candidate are Cameroonian citizens too?” he asked.