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Jigawa monarch: “Atiku is our grandson”

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A Jigawa monarch has backed up claims by presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that his mother hailed from the state.

The monarch, who craved anonymity, is a member of the Dutse emirates council, TheCable reported on Tuesday.

He disclosed that Atiku’s mother was the daughter of late Abdullahi from Jigawar Sarki in Jigawa.

Recall that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while responding to Atiku’s election petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election claimed that the former Vice President was not qualified to contest for the presidency in the first place.

The APC argued that Atiku was born on November 25, 1946 in Jada, Adamawa state, which was then in Northern Cameroon.

Reacting to the argument in a statement, Atiku said he was born by a Jigawa mother and a Sokoto father and therefore is a Nigerian by birth.

The Jigawa monarch corrobated Atiku’s claim.

He said, “As a royal father in Jigawa, I don’t want my name to be mentioned because they have politicised the whole issue.

“However, I can confirm that the late Mrs Kande (Atiku’s mother) was from Dutse and her uncle, Adamu Ma’aruf, was the chief imam of Dutse Central Mosque until he died five years after the creation of the state in 1991.”

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