Court affirms Jonathan’s eligibility for 2015 election

FILE PHOTO: President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit seeking the disqualification of President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential election.

The suit was based on the argument that Mr. Jonathan had taken the oath of office twice, and was by law ineligible for a third, should he win.

Mr. Jonathan took the oath as president when he took over from the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010, and again when he won his election in 2011.

In a ruling Wednesday, the court quashed the case and awarded N50,000 cost to the president, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

More detail later…


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  • Chris1408

    Nigeria judiciary, cash and carry system.

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      ….

      The news is incomplete and misleading. see the complete news below:

      Don, others withdraw eligibility suit against Jonathan
      February 11, 2015 by Ade Adesomoju, Abuja 37 Comments

      The plaintiffs who filed one of the suits before a Federal High Court, Abuja to challenge the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election in the March 28 presidential election‎ have withdrawn the case.
      Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday struck out the suit following an application by the plaintiffs to discontinue the suit.
      The court also ordered the plaintiffs to pay N50,000 to Jonathan whose lawyers had been made to file responses before the decision to withdraw the suit.
      The plaintiffs are Prof. Tunde Samuel, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed, Mr. Rasak Adeogun and Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu. President Jonathan was the only defendant in the suit.
      ‎The court had on February 3, 2015 fixed Wednesday for the hearing of the suit. But the notice of discontinuance of the suit was filed on February 4.
      A counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr. Alex Akoja, who appeared in court on Wednesday, said the plaintiffs gave the instruction to withdraw the suit and the notice of discontinuance was subsequently filed on February 4.
      Jonathan’s counsel, Mr. Ade Okeanya-Inneh (SAN), did not oppose the application but asked for cost on the grounds that the calibre of six senior counsel, including Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), who filed the suit ought to have weighed the merit of the case before instituting it.
      He added that his client was entitled to cost because he had been made to file responses to the suit.
      The court agreed with the the defence counsel, and therefore in striking out the suit, it awarded the cost of N50,000 against the plaintiffs.
      ‎There are about two other suits challenging Jonathan’s eligibility to seek another term in office, still pending before Justice Mohammed.
      On Monday, the judge referred one of the cases to the Court of Appeal for determination following an application filed on November 28 by the plaintiffs in the suit – Adejumo Ajagbe and Olatoye Wahab.
      The ruling by the court on Monday now made ‎it the second of such cases now pending before the Court of Appeal.
      The plaintiffs in the suits, including the one that was withdrawn on Wednesday, contended that Jonathan was ineligible to re-contest for the office of the President, arguing that allowing him to do so could amount to spending more than eight years allowed for anyone to serve in the office.
      They want the court to declare that it was “unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal and not permissible for any person to occupy the office of the president of Nigeria for more than a cumulative and aggregate period of eight years when the country was not at war.”
      They contended that if Jonathan won another term of four years from 2015, he would have been permitted to occupy the office of the President for more than eight years.
      They asked the court to declare that in computing the period already spent in office as President by Jonathan, the period from May 6, 2010 to May 28, 2011 should be reckoned with.
      They also sought a declaration that having spent a period of more than four years in office as President since May 6, 2010, Jonathan no longer had the “competence, authority or entitlement to contest for the same office for another term of four years.”

  • GEJ FOREVER

    THE COURT SHOULD HAVE DONE NIGERIANS A GREAT SERVICE BY DECLARING GEJ AS VALIDLY ELECTED PRESIDENT SINCE BUHARI IS NOT QUALIFIED TO CONTEST BECAUSE OF PERJURY AND FORGERY

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      .

      The news is incomplete and misleading. see the complete news below:

      Don, others withdraw eligibility suit against Jonathan
      February 11, 2015 by Ade Adesomoju, Abuja 37 Comments

      The plaintiffs who filed one of the suits before a Federal High Court, Abuja to challenge the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election in the March 28 presidential election‎ have withdrawn the case.
      Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday struck out the suit following an application by the plaintiffs to discontinue the suit.
      The court also ordered the plaintiffs to pay N50,000 to Jonathan whose lawyers had been made to file responses before the decision to withdraw the suit.
      The plaintiffs are Prof. Tunde Samuel, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed, Mr. Rasak Adeogun and Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu. President Jonathan was the only defendant in the suit.
      ‎The court had on February 3, 2015 fixed Wednesday for the hearing of the suit. But the notice of discontinuance of the suit was filed on February 4.
      A counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr. Alex Akoja, who appeared in court on Wednesday, said the plaintiffs gave the instruction to withdraw the suit and the notice of discontinuance was subsequently filed on February 4.
      Jonathan’s counsel, Mr. Ade Okeanya-Inneh (SAN), did not oppose the application but asked for cost on the grounds that the calibre of six senior counsel, including Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), who filed the suit ought to have weighed the merit of the case before instituting it.
      He added that his client was entitled to cost because he had been made to file responses to the suit.
      The court agreed with the the defence counsel, and therefore in striking out the suit, it awarded the cost of N50,000 against the plaintiffs.
      ‎There are about two other suits challenging Jonathan’s eligibility to seek another term in office, still pending before Justice Mohammed.
      On Monday, the judge referred one of the cases to the Court of Appeal for determination following an application filed on November 28 by the plaintiffs in the suit – Adejumo Ajagbe and Olatoye Wahab.
      The ruling by the court on Monday now made ‎it the second of such cases now pending before the Court of Appeal.
      The plaintiffs in the suits, including the one that was withdrawn on Wednesday, contended that Jonathan was ineligible to re-contest for the office of the President, arguing that allowing him to do so could amount to spending more than eight years allowed for anyone to serve in the office.
      They want the court to declare that it was “unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal and not permissible for any person to occupy the office of the president of Nigeria for more than a cumulative and aggregate period of eight years when the country was not at war.”
      They contended that if Jonathan won another term of four years from 2015, he would have been permitted to occupy the office of the President for more than eight years.
      They asked the court to declare that in computing the period already spent in office as President by Jonathan, the period from May 6, 2010 to May 28, 2011 should be reckoned with.
      They also sought a declaration that having spent a period of more than four years in office as President since May 6, 2010, Jonathan no longer had the “competence, authority or entitlement to contest for the same office for another term of four years.”

  • favourtalk

    even he will still loose in the comimg election because hec ant convince the country about his will and capability to do the needful on the good of nigeria. we need change right now

    • petersen

      Every Nigerians would ve loved to see GEJ lose the election. the problem now is that there is no other option. he still remain the d best at d moment. those crying CHANGE just experienced CHANGE with the date of the election.

  • This is hearsay reporting. The people that instituted the case decided to withdraw it. The judge then compensated Jonathan and his legal team because they had already filed their response before the application for withdrawal.

    • Adebenson

      Always my gross with NEws reporting…. they can twist ehhnnn. especailly this Premium Times peeps

  • blueeyedkitten

    at last, one cheering news for jonathan and his people(minority). he has suffered alot of damages and battery to his image lately. let him get a little breathing space to put his acts together, before he gets blown away by the inevitable tsumani come march 28.

  • larry

    Now let the courts check Buharis Eligibility ,cos we know he has no certificate only a fake statement of result signed by god knows who 🙂

    • Charles Amos

      na mumu the man be oh,as if he has the power to stabilize global oil pump price lol i done die

      • Calculate

        Hausas/Fulanis are known for their pronounciations, Calabars, Igbos, Yourubas are also distinct in their pronounciations. The mother tongue plays a key role in people’s communication accents. With Indians gatha-gatha accents got to the mass (a planet) in 2013 whereas US has been making that effort at higher cost but has not succeeded.
        Students of today study shallowly by concentrating on past questions for their exams ‘cos lecturer don’t have time but repeat past questions. The students come out with good results whereas they lack in-dept understanding of their disciplines;many buy certificates and such students will be so loud that they are educated. It is illiteracy that will make anybody to think that a Military General is not educated.
        Buhari’s boss (Gen Alani Akinrinade) recently confirmed that they did submit their original certificates to the Army Board; I personally know this fact even though not a military. PDP is ridiculing the Nigerian army by encouraging them to have double mouth on Buhari’s Certificate. Army 1st said they have at least one copy of the certificates of all soldier and later denied not in possession of such for Buhari.
        If you are a youth in comfort zone, either becos you are a politician OR your father is OR you are gainfully employed now, THINK that the security of the country is not only about Boko Haram BUT mainly from the thousands of the un-employed people of Nigeria. One day may come that the under-priviledged shall pose threats on the lifes of those in comfort zones (ie those employed or politicians).
        Many appraised Buhari’s successes in positions to his deputies or consultants and also blames the non-performance of Jonathan to those around him in governments. This simply translates to the fact that BUHARI IS BLESSED WITH WISDOMS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO WORK WITH HIM WHEREAS JONATHAN COULD HAVE LACKED SUCH WISDOM.

  • Smart Okokobi.

    Any right thinking person knows that Jonathan is eminently qualified to contest this 2015 Presidential election. Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not talking about his performance whether it is above standard or below standard. I am talking about his rights under the constitution of our Country. Fair is fair. Thank you Federal High Court for setting the recordS straight.
    APC, I like you, and I like Buhari and the momentum he has. However, it pains me that with all the potential victory that suppose to come to APC and Buhari, APC, unintentionally, unconsciously, squandered it. I don’t see any way out for APC. It looks too late. Law is Law. President Goodluck is showing that goodluck is with him and on his side again. So, APC, you may have to blame yourself for the Certificate saga that now has the potential to undo you. I don’t see any way out of it.God bless Nigeria, bless PDP, bless APC and bless all of us.

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      The news is incomplete and misleading. see the complete news below:

      Don, others withdraw eligibility suit against Jonathan
      February 11, 2015 by Ade Adesomoju, Abuja 37 Comments

      The plaintiffs who filed one of the suits before a Federal High Court, Abuja to challenge the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election in the March 28 presidential election‎ have withdrawn the case.
      Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday struck out the suit following an application by the plaintiffs to discontinue the suit.
      The court also ordered the plaintiffs to pay N50,000 to Jonathan whose lawyers had been made to file responses before the decision to withdraw the suit.
      The plaintiffs are Prof. Tunde Samuel, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed, Mr. Rasak Adeogun and Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu. President Jonathan was the only defendant in the suit.
      ‎The court had on February 3, 2015 fixed Wednesday for the hearing of the suit. But the notice of discontinuance of the suit was filed on February 4.
      A counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr. Alex Akoja, who appeared in court on Wednesday, said the plaintiffs gave the instruction to withdraw the suit and the notice of discontinuance was subsequently filed on February 4.
      Jonathan’s counsel, Mr. Ade Okeanya-Inneh (SAN), did not oppose the application but asked for cost on the grounds that the calibre of six senior counsel, including Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), who filed the suit ought to have weighed the merit of the case before instituting it.
      He added that his client was entitled to cost because he had been made to file responses to the suit.
      The court agreed with the the defence counsel, and therefore in striking out the suit, it awarded the cost of N50,000 against the plaintiffs.
      ‎There are about two other suits challenging Jonathan’s eligibility to seek another term in office, still pending before Justice Mohammed.
      On Monday, the judge referred one of the cases to the Court of Appeal for determination following an application filed on November 28 by the plaintiffs in the suit – Adejumo Ajagbe and Olatoye Wahab.
      The ruling by the court on Monday now made ‎it the second of such cases now pending before the Court of Appeal.
      The plaintiffs in the suits, including the one that was withdrawn on Wednesday, contended that Jonathan was ineligible to re-contest for the office of the President, arguing that allowing him to do so could amount to spending more than eight years allowed for anyone to serve in the office.
      They want the court to declare that it was “unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal and not permissible for any person to occupy the office of the president of Nigeria for more than a cumulative and aggregate period of eight years when the country was not at war.”
      They contended that if Jonathan won another term of four years from 2015, he would have been permitted to occupy the office of the President for more than eight years.
      They asked the court to declare that in computing the period already spent in office as President by Jonathan, the period from May 6, 2010 to May 28, 2011 should be reckoned with.
      They also sought a declaration that having spent a period of more than four years in office as President since May 6, 2010, Jonathan no longer had the “competence, authority or entitlement to contest for the same office for another term of four years.”

    • Otile

      Only fools& fat harlots can vote for Imam Buhari.

  • Inside APC

    BOKOHARI : Hallo!…Hallo…Is that Buola! Boula! Is that you?
    TINUBUN… : My lord. I am the one. Is there any problem?
    BOKOHARI : Walahi Buola! Walahi, you failed me. You did not do that job properly
    TINUBUN… : My Lordship, I don’t understand. What exactly do you mean?
    BOKOHARI : That certipicate. That stubborn boy called Fani has discovered the loophole…
    TINUBUN. ..: Really? But I have not heard anything.
    BOKOHARI : Look my prend, it is all ober the internet. Kai, this is bery serious. Bery bery serious. I’m finished.
    TINUBUN… : But there was no loophole. I did a neat job . How did they find out?
    BOKOHARI : You did not super impose that sheet properly. The lines didn’t align. The Cambridge result was a mess.
    TINUBUN… : My lord. Isn’t there any thing we can do?
    BOKOHARI : Nothing. Walahi! There is nothing more. So I have to prepare for prison. Kai!
    TINUBUN… : My lord. I am very sorry. I and my team tried our best on that certificate. We really tried.
    BOKOHARI : Buola, you are sending me to jail by your mistake. This is very bad. Gaskia, this is bad.
    TINUBUN… : My lord. I am sorry once more, but I will be with you in spirit. You can write another WAEC in jail.
    BOKOHARI : For what purpose?
    TINUBUN… : My lord. For the next election. Since you will still be below the age limit.
    BOKOHARI : Buola, pls inform all my grand children & great grand children to come. I want 2c them b4 I go into jail.

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    The news is incomplete and misleading. see the complete news below:

    Don, others withdraw eligibility suit against Jonathan
    February 11, 2015 by Ade Adesomoju, Abuja 37 Comments

    The plaintiffs who filed one of the suits before a Federal High Court, Abuja to challenge the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election in the March 28 presidential election‎ have withdrawn the case.
    Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday struck out the suit following an application by the plaintiffs to discontinue the suit.
    The court also ordered the plaintiffs to pay N50,000 to Jonathan whose lawyers had been made to file responses before the decision to withdraw the suit.
    The plaintiffs are Prof. Tunde Samuel, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed, Mr. Rasak Adeogun and Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu. President Jonathan was the only defendant in the suit.
    ‎The court had on February 3, 2015 fixed Wednesday for the hearing of the suit. But the notice of discontinuance of the suit was filed on February 4.
    A counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr. Alex Akoja, who appeared in court on Wednesday, said the plaintiffs gave the instruction to withdraw the suit and the notice of discontinuance was subsequently filed on February 4.
    Jonathan’s counsel, Mr. Ade Okeanya-Inneh (SAN), did not oppose the application but asked for cost on the grounds that the calibre of six senior counsel, including Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), who filed the suit ought to have weighed the merit of the case before instituting it.
    He added that his client was entitled to cost because he had been made to file responses to the suit.
    The court agreed with the the defence counsel, and therefore in striking out the suit, it awarded the cost of N50,000 against the plaintiffs.
    ‎There are about two other suits challenging Jonathan’s eligibility to seek another term in office, still pending before Justice Mohammed.
    On Monday, the judge referred one of the cases to the Court of Appeal for determination following an application filed on November 28 by the plaintiffs in the suit – Adejumo Ajagbe and Olatoye Wahab.
    The ruling by the court on Monday now made ‎it the second of such cases now pending before the Court of Appeal.
    The plaintiffs in the suits, including the one that was withdrawn on Wednesday, contended that Jonathan was ineligible to re-contest for the office of the President, arguing that allowing him to do so could amount to spending more than eight years allowed for anyone to serve in the office.
    They want the court to declare that it was “unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal and not permissible for any person to occupy the office of the president of Nigeria for more than a cumulative and aggregate period of eight years when the country was not at war.”
    They contended that if Jonathan won another term of four years from 2015, he would have been permitted to occupy the office of the President for more than eight years.
    They asked the court to declare that in computing the period already spent in office as President by Jonathan, the period from May 6, 2010 to May 28, 2011 should be reckoned with.
    They also sought a declaration that having spent a period of more than four years in office as President since May 6, 2010, Jonathan no longer had the “competence, authority or entitlement to contest for the same office for another term of four years.”

  • taewo

    Premium Times, the title of this story is grossly misleading. From your own account of what transpired, it was the plaintiffs who voluntarily withdrew the case from the court. At best, the story should have been titled ‘court struck out suit against jonathan’ reelection bid’. Never too late to make amend.

  • Etimbuk’showy Okpudo

    There was no case, as Jonathan has been elected as president by the people just once, and he reserves the right to go for a second term. vote GEJ,vote a successful nigeria

  • Uncle Charlie

    Some people are already in tears. this is just the genesis.

  • Where are those APC villagers? Some teeth gnashing will soon start. While some others will loose sleep. and others will flee the country. You aint seen nothing yet

  • Vote GEJ fot transparency and progress. The lovers of backwardness, tyranny and obscurity will gradually fade out. TeamJona2015

  • uko bassey

    GEJ rocks, GMB sucks! vote GEJ till 2019…

  • nafisat

    so what what was the need for all the running around…..GEJ still president till 2019

  • Nelson David

    I said it that those guy have no case, now they waste there money for nothing.

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    Forward ever backward never. #MARCH4GEJ.

  • Divine West

    All there plan to bring Goodluck Jonathan down will fail. #GEJ4Naija

  • chi boss

    Ride on President GEJ…#GEJ till 2019….No weapon formed against you shall prosper, we are marching to MARCH 2015..#GEJ4NAIJA

  • grace folarin

    can you hide the light? darkness will never elude this country again. GEJ man chosen to bring naija into lime light. we wud always support the good works of our president #GEJ4NAIJA

  • musa amina

    CARRY GO mr president GOD is with you no weapon formed against you shall prosper the hand of God is upon you, Aso villa u will stay till 2019 the APC should take it or they live it, it is not in their power to determine who rules, power is in God’s hand and he gives to whom he pleases and when he pleases SHINE ON. SHOUT MARCHOUTBUHARI #GEJ4NAIJA #NO2BUHARI

  • daniel

    That was why we voted for Buhari, to fix these problems. But unfortunately he seems to possess no will to tackle them. As a people, we are helpless to do anything. The Govs are above the law and also dangerous. Really, we were counting on Buhari. Forgive us if you think we are weak. Remember Nbadinuju and the lawyer-activist and his wife that were killed over unpaid salaries? Nigeria is in a terrible state, we know it. The Immunity Clause makes it impossible to hold our leaders to account. What manner of democracy without accountability!

  • obiora

    The Change they told us has turn to Balance. It is fake though but that is Nigeria. And the people are still happy like that.

  • design

    Well written my Brother. That is what I saw too. But can you tell a pig that the mud is filthy? The pig will do a back-flip. Nigerians have never known good quality or a frame of reference. The are born in filth, grow in filth, festered filth, and will die in filth. The challenge is for those of us in diaspora to unite and clean Nigeria from street to street. But I am afraid, you cannot turn a cat into a goat! I am tired as well. Let’s give it a try!

  • Faith Kersha-Aondo

    Okay, so now that you have spewed you rubbish on social media, what then?!
    What impact will it make towards change?
    Yes Nigeria isn’t what she should be…Who is going to fix it for you?!
    All of you here complaining and giving opinions on social media.
    Stop your talk talk and put ur energies to good and productive use.

    In Lagos there are a few groups of volunteers doing something. It’s slow…But it’s something.

    QUIT TALKING AND DO!!
    GOVERNMENT CAN NOT DO EVERYTHING FOR US. WE CAN HELP OURSELVES….AND WE SHOULD.

  • jungle cat

    I am not a fan of okey Ndibe because most of the time he sees negative things more than positive. So he didn’t see that the road he passed through from lagos to anambra is better than what it was in 2002. From part of ogun state to benin bypass ,there is no single pothole . From agbor to umunya in anambra there is no singl pothol . I was expecting to see him say that from asaba to onitsha is more developed with plenty of structures here and there. I was expecting him to say head bridge to umunya is looking very good, that awka is looking better than what it was, that lagos _ibadan exp way is getting upgraded.
    He can end this write up by advising nigerians to do better and improve in the hygiene , but rather I saw negative from beginning to the end.
    When you always critisize and don’t commend it will get to a point when no one listens. We are not were we are supposed to be but we are not were we were in 2002.