Mohammed Hayatu, one of the witnesses called by 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has revealed to the court what his father told him about Atiku’s nationality.
Hayatu had appeared before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Tuesday claiming that Atiku is a Nigerian by birth and was therefore qualified to contest the presidential election. He stated that the information was based on what his father told him.
He also said that he retired as a Customs officer, adding that his father, who gave him the information, is now dead, revealing that a part of Adamawa Province was once part of Northern Cameroon, until the plebiscite of 1961 which brought it back to Nigeria.
The witness said, “Jadda, where Atiku was born was never part of Cameroon.”
Still on Tuesday, Magdeil Samaki, another witness of Atiku and PDP, said he could not recall history relating to the plebiscite conducted in Northern Cameroon in 1961.
Samaki told the Tribunal that he was a Nigerian Ambassador to Romania.