Atiku Abubakar‘s mother, late Mrs Kande, ‘was from Dutse,’ an official of the Dutse emirate council in Jigawa state has revealed.
The royal father made this known in the wake of allegation that Atiku, a former vice-president of Nigeria, is not a Nigerian.
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Abuja, by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, challenging Atiku’s eligibility to run for Nigeria’s highest office in the 2019 general election.
According to the APC, Atiku, who contested against President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), hails from Cameroon.
But Atiku has rubbished the claims.
Concise News understands that in his submission at the presidential election tribunal, Atiku detailed “how he is a Nigerian by birth.”
Atiku, who served as Nigeria’s number two citizen from 1999 to 2007, said he was born by Nigerian parents and he is therefore a citizen of Nigeria by birth.
Rising in defence of Atiku, the royal father, who did not want to be named, said Atiku’s mother was the daughter of late Abdullahi from Jigawar Sarki in Jigawa.
“As a royal father in Jigawa, I don’t want my name to be mentioned because they have politicised the whole issue,” he said.
“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.”