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Presidential Tribunal: What My Father Told Me About Atiku’s Nationality – Witness Tells Court

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Mohammed Hayatu, one of the witnesses summoned by the presidential candidate of 2019, Atiku Abubakar and his party, the People Democratic Party, PDP, have told the court what his father told him about the main opposition presidential candidate.

Hayatu, who appeared before the Petitions for Presidential Elections Tribunal (PEPT) on Tuesday, said his claim (from Hayatu) that Atiku is a Nigerian by birth and qualified to compete in the presidential elections, was based on the information he received from his father.

Hayatu said he retired as a customs officer, adding that his father, who gave him the information, is now dead.

Hayatu said he also learned that a part of the Adamawa province was a part of northern Cameroon, until the 1961 plebiscite that brought him back to Nigeria. The witness said: “Jadda, where Atiku was born, was never part of Cameroon”.

Still on Tuesday, Magdeil Samaki, another Atiku and PDP witness, said he could not remember the story related to the plebiscite held in northern Cameroon in 1961. Samaki told the Court that he was a Nigerian ambassador in Romania.