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Tue, 05 Mar 2013

2015: Only Supreme Court Can Decide Jonathan’s Fate

- Adebiyi Olusolape

 Following last week’s declaration by an Abuja High Court that President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to contest for the 2015 presidential election, the President of the Coalition of Concerned Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Muhammed, has faulted the ruling, saying it is only the Supreme Court that has the jurisdiction to determine whether the president can contest or not.

He also insisted that the alleged secret signing of a single tenure term by President Jonathan exists contrary to insinuations in some quarters.

A politician, Mr. Cyriakus Njoku, had approached the court seeking for an order restraining Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential election because it would amount to a breach of the 1999 Constitution, which prescribed a period of not more than eight years for occupants of the Office of the President.

Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi of the Abuja High Court had ruled that Jonathan, “is, therefore, currently serving his first tenure of office and if he so wishes, he is eligible to further seek his party’s ticket through the party’s primary election and to run for office in 2015.” ...(read more)




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