Northern elder says president is in his first term.
A group, Transformation Agenda Solidarity Forum, TASOF, on Tuesday defended the speculated plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
TASOF chairman, Muhammad Gwaska, who stated this at a news briefing in Abuja, said the country’s constitution empowers Mr. Jonathan to run.
According to Mr. Gwaska, a former Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, FCC, contrary to the views of some Nigerians, including prominent northerners, the provisions of the constitution support Mr. Jonathan’s speculated ambition to occupy the nation’s highest political office.
Flanked by other members of the group, the northern elder said it was erroneous for anyone to claim that the president was already into his second term because he took an oath of office after the death of late President Umaru Yar’Adua and again after he won the 2011 election.
He argued that Mr Jonathan had only contested the presidential election, once and that was in 2011 and so he was automatically qualified to run in 2015 if he so desired.
“When Jonathan contested election, the first period that he contested was in 2011 as his own person. We want everybody to understand that in 2010 President Jonathan had to take over because of the death of his boss and under the constitution once the president dies the vice president takes over,” he said.
Mr. Gwaska said the debate over the eligibility of Mr. Jonathan was unnecessary and stressed that taking over and completing the tenure of a deceased elected public office holder was not the same as new mandate.
On the zoning policy, the TOSAF said it was merely a policy of parties which, according to him, was inferior to the Nigerian constitution.
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