Sokoto Citizens' Group Reveals 'What Atiku Forgot In 2003'
PDP’s Atiku lost to Buhari in the 2019 presidential poll (image courtesy Channels TV)

The Concerned Citizens of Sokoto has asked former vice president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar to trace his origin to another place, not Sokoto whose people he allegedly described in 2003 as “ungrateful power zealots.”

Concise News learned that the Sokoto State Coordinator of the Group, retired Squadron Leader Aminu Bala Sokoto, made the remark when he addressed journalists in the northwest state.

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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, who is challenging Buhari’s victory at the tribunal, submitted a document detailing “how he is a Nigerian by birth,” saying his grandfather hailed from the northwest state.

However, the former Air Force Senior Officer said, “Atiku who is now over 72 years old has never associated himself with Wurno, headquarters of Wurno Local Government of Sokoto State, where he claims his grandfather hailed from.

“His false and atrocious claim is just coming now that he is being bogged down by a protracted electoral litigation sequel to the 2019 Presidential elections.

“He is now claiming to hail from Sokoto and Jigawa States. He has forgotten that, in 2003 he had maliciously described the people of Sokoto, Kano and the other North Western States as ungrateful power zealots.”

Buhari, with a margin of 3,928,869, was declared winner of the February-23rd poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Nigerian leader polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku who got 11,262,978 votes.