The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the assertion made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he is not qualified to run for president because he is not a Nigerian by birth.

In response to this, Atiku said that the APC’s only defence to his petition challenging the outcome of the election was to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term ‘Nigerian’.

He added that the ruling party’s claim has proven that they trampled on the will of Nigerians during the election.

The former vice president made this statement through his spokesman, Paul Ibe.

He said rather than question his origin, those who made Nigeria become the world poverty capital are “the very people whose Nigerianness should be in doubt.”

“The fact that the APC chose to base its defence on the ridiculous assertion that the Waziri Adamawa is not a Nigerian should show to Nigerians the type of characters we have in the APC and its government, whose legitimacy runs out on May 29, 2019,” Atiku said in the statement issued on Saturday.

“The position of the APC is so pedestrian and shows such straw clutching desperation on their part, that I shall not dignify it with an answer. Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court. But the point I want to draw the attention of Nigerians to is that both the APC and its candidate have by this infantile logic admitted to the fact that they trampled on the will of Nigerians and that their only defence is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term ‘Nigerian’.

“I am, however, confident in the Nigerian judiciary, as well as in the Nigerian people. I trust that the Tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves. We must maintain our fidelity to the rule of law and to our fountain of origin, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).”

He added that he has committed his assets and talents to developing Nigeria “through the provision of tens of thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.”

“I make bold to state that those who have made Nigeria the world headquarters for extreme poverty are the very people whose Nigerianness should be in doubt, and not a man, who worked with President Olusegun Obasanjo to double the per capita Income of our nation in less than eight years,” the former VP added.