Northern elite accuse Jonathan of plotting tenure elongation

In spite of his declaration that he is yet to decide on whether to stand again for elections in 2015 or not, some Northerners under the aegis of Committee of Concerned Northern Professionals, Politicians, Academics and Businessmen (CCNPPAB) have accused President Goodluck Jonathan of plotting to elongate his tenure.
The group in a statement yesterday said the issue of whether he is in his first or second term in office is a serious constitutional issue that only the courts can determine, adding that rather than preempt discussions on the issue, he should subject himself to the due process of law by approaching the courts for proper direction on the issue.
According to the group, it is improper for the President to canvass his position on the issue through the media, rather than resort to the law court, adding that preoccupying himself with schemes of tenure elongation is distracting him from focusing attention on the important job he was elected to do less than a year into the tenure.
The convener of the group, Junaid Muhammed and the Committee Chairman on Constitutional Amendment, Awwal Yadudu, accused the Presidency of using the Justice Belgore Committee set up to introduce a seven-year single term to allow Mr. Jonathan have a test-run after his current term.
“In an apparent failure of this effort, it has become clear that the President, who along with his late predecessor, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua served a full four-year term between 2007 and 2011, and currently serving a second term, seems now clearly bent on finding a way to serving a third term of office,” the group said.
 “This single-minded search for Jonathan’s tenure elongation will be fought and defeated using all constitutional means available,” the group warned, adding its members have taken upon themselves “the duty of arousing civil society groups and the general public to wake up to this relentless attempt to tenure elongation.”
“The current constitution is very clear on the assertion that whichever President serves two terms in office is not eligible for another term of office,” the group said. “A first impression one gets from the reading of the constitution is that for the purposes of tenure, qualification and disqualification, the President and the Vice President are considered as one. Based on this, President Jonathan will be considered in law to have served his first term between 2007 and 2011.”

It urged Nigerians to be aware that the country is confronted by a serious constitutional issue that impinges on the country’s overall well-being, adding that it would be ready to join hands with other Nigerians to pursue a suit on the matter in court as part of the process in the public interest.


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  • Sgomwalk

    I have never seen a country as Nigeria where the leaders from different goepolitical area are fighting to rule by force.
    No wonder the national cake is looting.
    There is no nationalistic project. It is regional and selfishness on the part of the leaders.
    The country can not survive it

  • Ghaliumar

    There was nothing like 7 year term discussed in Balgore,s committee. It is all speculation.

  • Bolarinwag

    na wa for these Northerners o!

  • Ken_Mani

    Finally, the stupidity of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani has been exposed at the highest level.. When Jonathan took over from Yar’Adua, he was only performing his duties as Vice President which includes serving as a replacement for the President in the event of death. If we go by the foolish argument of these extremely stupid Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that and I quote “for the purposes of tenure, qualification and disqualification, the President and the Vice President are considered as one” it then means that a Vice President cannot at anytime contest election as a Presidential candidate. How foolish and desparate they are!!!!! Who will ever entrust POWER to these bunch of desparados!!! I thank God for Jonathan whose decision to contest the Presidential elections in 2011 has clearly exposed how desperate the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are for power and the Presidency. But do what they may, they will never get it until the South East have finished their tenure which will span from 2019 through 2027 beginning at the end of the tenure of the South South which started in 2011 to end 2019.

  • Mujjahid

    As long as I don’t support the looting of the national resources by any of the extremely corrupt ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, we northerners will fight with full force to ensure that power comes back to the north with all its sweet savour on 29th May 2015 and in doing this, we will not spare any weapon at our disposal, chiefly our population advantage at the polls. Northerners and Muslims constitute 70% of Nigeria’s population.