Jonathan has constitutional backing for two terms, says Fasheun

A group of southern leaders allegedly endorsed the president for 2015.

The founder of the O’odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Frederick Fasheun, on Sunday said that President Goodluck Jonathan had a constitutional right to run for a second term in office.

Mr. Fasheun said that the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA, only recently acknowledged the right of Mr. Jonathan to seek two terms in office, as provided for in the constitution.

Controversy had trailed the third conference of the SNPA held on May 20 at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.

The leaders at the conference had been accused of unanimously endorsing Mr. Jonathan for the 2015 presidential polls.

“The Forum only acknowledged that the President has the constitutional rights to contest in 2015,” Mr. Fasheun said. “The SNPA was attended by credible leaders of Southern Nigeria. These leaders cannot but say the truth about the constitutional rights of the President. However, Nigerians also have a right to decide either to vote for him or not, but we cannot deny him his right.”

Mr. Fasheun said that the issue of the president running in 2015 was a matter of the right granted to all Nigerian citizens by the constitution.

On the issue of zoning, Mr. Fasheun, who is also the Interim National Chairman for the resuscitation of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, said that the party had not taken a position on that.

The UPN was founded by the late Obafemi Awolowo in 1978.

He said that though he personally disapproved of zoning, the UPN does not have an official position on it as yet.



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  • femi jaiyeola

    Pa fashehun is broke.period!nosence old man.we always new him.he never changes.even from the formative days of the OPC.rubbish talk.

  • nosa

    Have known long term ago that this old man is just an hungry man Jonathan should just give him what he wants so that he will let’s rest

  • Oluremi Olu

    Yes, Pa Fasheun may be broke, but that is not the issue
    here. The issue is whether a Nigerian has the constitutional right to have a second term as the president of his
    country and Pa Fasheun was spot on in his assertion. We may not like Jonathan,
    especially given that he had proved to be a sore disappointment, in the light
    of the goodwill he received, and the hopes that was invested in him, on ascension
    to the presidency. However, the tactics adopted by the opposition, and their
    chorus men / women, of trying to harry him out of the 2015 race is not helping
    matters and may in fact eventually re-elect him, warts and all. Furthermore, pandering
    to the born-to-rule agenda, against the backdrop of the contrived security challenges
    in the north, is not helpful to the cause of the opposition either. It should be recalled that one of the factors
    that propelled Jonathan to power was the way the north (mis) handled the issue of
    the late President Umaru Yaradua’s health; just as their (mis)handling of
    another of their artificial crisis – June 12, exposed their vulnerability, and
    laid them bare to being “dealt with”, as Professor Ango Abdullahi was to
    acknowledge, by the President Obasanjo, that they created.

    Rather, the way forward is for the opposition to present credible
    alternative programmes and candidates to Jonathan. Candidates imbued more with
    proven track records and probity, than with, political baggages, money, and
    power-for-power sake and godfather instincts. These are the types of candidates
    Nigeria most direly need at this point in time.

  • we nogo die

    Fasheun’s billions for surveillance of oil pipelines in the south west is what is talking here. Who says money no dey talk even for an old man like fasheun.

  • umar ardo

    But such a contention is directly in contrast with the Supreme Court
    judgement in the case of Five Governors (Nyako, Sylva, Imoke, Wamako and
    Idris) Vs INEC in which the apex court declared “the framers of the
    constitution did not envisage under ANY CIRCUMSTANCE for ANY member of the executive arm of government to remain in office A DAY LONGER THAN EIGHT YEARS”.
    On this ground, therefore, the appeal of INEC succeeded and the
    governors were thrown out of office. Given that our laws have yet to
    provide for fractional term in office, how could Jonathan contest in
    2015 in that by the end of that term he would have been 9 years 23 days
    as president? I think by the interpretation of the constitution by the
    SC in the judgement Jonathan is not qualified to contest for president
    in 2015 without an amendment of the constitution. But we wait to hear
    from the SC at the appropriate time.