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Tribunal declares Atiku a Nigerian

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The presidential election petition court rejected the All Progressive Congress party’s request against Atiku Abubakar for its alleged non-Nigerian citizenship.

Speaking of the verdict in his sixth ruling on Monday, the court ruled that its power does not include determining the status of a signatory in an electoral dispute.

He said his powers were to determine whether a person elected to the office of president was validly elected and not to consult the qualifications of the signatories to contest the elections, the result of which had been consulted.

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The court stated that APC should have submitted a cross-petition if it tried to challenge the qualification of the first signatory (Atiku) who had contested the elections.