Jonathan can contest in 2015, Abuja court rules

President Jonathan and party chiefs at a PDP National Convention

The court said the Nigerian President can contest for a second term.

An Abuja High Court on Friday ruled that President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to contest the 2015 presidential election.

A claimant, Cyriacus Njoku, had asked the court to declare President Jonathan ineligible on the basis that under the Nigerian constitution, he could not take the oath of office of the president three times.

Mr. Jonathan has taken the oath twice: first after the death of his predecessor, Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010; and again after he was elected as president in 2011.

The court dismissed the claim, ruling that the constitution allowed the president two terms in office.

Earlier in the week, the Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, declared that the president could seek a second term on the party’s platform.

Though Mr. Jonathan has not declared his intention to run, his supporters are already asking him to.

Some governors in the president’s party, however, accuse him of betraying a pledge he made in 2011, not to seek a second term in office. Babangida Aliyu, Governor of Niger State, said publicly that Mr. Jonathan signed an agreement with PDP governors in 2011 not to seek a second term.

The president’s aides have denied the existence of such agreement.


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  • Mamman Bako

    What else was the game plan, other than to declare GEJ eligible to run for second term? I don’t why the courts had to waste its time entertaining this case when it certainly clear that any Nigerian can run for the office of President of Nigeria, wether he or she is Goodluck Jonathan. It is shame that GEJ decided to court in the guise of Cyracuis Njoku to help change his inferiority complex.

  • Tobibs

    Ok we done hear…still, he is on his way out…

  • adenle

    he can contest to become the first president of Federal Republic of Niger Delta.

  • Geogalo

    Now, whose fault is it: that the constitution is contradictry or; that the politictians are power sick???
    il est tre mall!

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