Nigeria’s Jonathan can contest presidential elections subsequent 12 months, court docket guidelines

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Photo: Archives.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Photograph: Archives.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can run in subsequent 12 months’s presidential election, a court docket dominated on Friday, clearing doubts over his eligibility and paving the best way for him to return to nationwide politics.

Jonathan, who was president from 2010 to 2015, has not but stated if he intends to contests the election. His spokesperson stated this month he wouldn’t search the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) get together’s ticket though a gaggle of supporters from northern Nigeria purchased nomination varieties for him.

Nonetheless, some APC members introduced a case to disqualify Jonathan primarily based on time period limits which an individual can function president. A choose on Friday dominated that Jonathan can contest in 2023, his lawyer stated.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed a structure modification in 2018 searching for to bar vice-presidents from serving a couple of full-term in occasion of succeeding a president via dying, impairment or ill-health, a hurdle which Jonathan needed to clear.

The court docket stated that the brand new modification was not binding on Jonathan.

The lawyer stated:

If the court docket had stated it was binding, Jonathan would have been deemed to have performed eight years in workplace and due to this fact not certified to contest election as President of Nigeria.

Jonathan succeeded his boss, former president Umaru Yaradua, who died in workplace. He subsequently contested and received presidential elections below the Individuals’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP), now an opposition get together.

Events are but to choose their candidates for subsequent 12 months’s election. Jonathan, who was defeated in 2015 by the APC’s candidate, has not stated below which get together he intends to contest.

With Buhari attributable to step down subsequent 12 months after serving two full phrases, the race to succeed him is large open with greater than 20 ruling get together candidates registering to contest the first vote.

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