Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the February 23, 2019, Presidential Election, Muhammadu Buhari, has responded to the petition filed against him by the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the Tribunal.
Atiku Abubakar had petitioned the 2019 Presidential Election Tribunal, asking the Tribunal to amongst other things,
- disqualify Muhammadu Bubari for not meeting the minimum educational requirements to contest as President of Nigeria,
- Declare him (Atiku Abubakar) as the rightful winner of the February 23, 2019 Presidential Election, based on the results collated and obtained from the INEC server and the polling units by units collation by the Party agents etc.
In his response to the PDP Presidential Candidate’s petition, Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Candidate argued that the former Vice President of Nigeria and Candidate of the PDP is not from Nigeria based on the 1961 plebiscite that was held in British Cameroon to determine whether the people preferred to stay in Cameroon or align with Nigeria.
However, information available to us is to the effect that President Buhari hailed from Niger Republic, a town named Daura which is currently in Katsina State.
The current city of Daura in Katsina State was part of the city in Niger Republic that was conquered by Bayajidda who trekked across the Sahara into Niger Republic.
In 1805, during the Fulani War, Daura was taken over by Fulani warrior Malam Ishaku, who set up an emirate. The Hausa set up rival states nearby, and the ruler is one Malam Musa, who was later made the new emir of Daura by the British in 1904.
It is therefore ridiculous for the same President Muhammadu Buhari, who is not from Nigeria to be claiming that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is not from Nigeria.
It’s important for President Buhari and his Party the All Progressive Congress (APC), to focus on the facts presented by the PDP and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the Presidential Tribunal, instead of descending into mondane issues of country of origin.
We are aware that the only reason why President Buhari and his Party, the APC cannot face Atiku at the Tribunal is because the evidence before the judiciary will definitely reclaim the Mandate, freely given to Atiku Abubakar on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria