Atiku’s citizenship crisis: Why Jonathan, PDP should be blamed – Ajulo
…warns against attacks on APC counsel
By Adekunle Adebayo
A legal practitioner and human rights activist, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has added a new twist to the controversy the citizenship of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections.
According to him, the PDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan should be blamed for the predicament of Atiku.
Ajulo who is Secretary of a pro-President Muhammadu Buhari re-election movement, Forward with Buhari, expressed these feelings in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
He said, “I have to refrain myself from saying anything that may prejudice the case before the court. I am, however, taken aback by the PDP and Atiku’s personal attacks on the APC counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN.
“These attacks to me are uncharitable as the learned Silk and every lawyer in his team are just doing their job as counsel whereas whatever is said and done is ultimately for the Tribunal’s determination.
“Having said this, I make bold to say that if there should be any blame on the issue, the PDP and former President Jonathan are to be blamed. I recall that while the PDP was in full power and glory, a Constitutional Amendment Bill to address the grey area of being a citizen by birth as one of the conditions to run for the office of the President was passed to accommodate those from former Saudauna Province/Northern Cameroun among other proposed amendments.
“The Bill passed all the parliamentary processes, got the requisite constitutional 2/3 votes from the National and State Assemblies but the PDP-led government headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR rejected the entire amendment bill.
“The implication of such a monumental slip and another failed project by the PDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan is today being faced by the party and it’s Presidential-candidate in the 2019 election.
“While the matter has its day in court, it is perplexing and utterly unacceptable to pass the blame buck on the APC and it’s counsel, going about the ordinary business of defending its mandate.
“The wisdom of the court must be allowed to run its course in determining all issue before it. I must reiterate that the unwarranted attacks on the person and body of the APC defense team led by Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, is as pretentious as it is misplaced.”