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Jonathan: I am eligible for 2nd term presidency  print

Published on April 15, 2012 by   ·   17 Comments

Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

Following attempts by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to scuttle President Goodluck Jonathan’s speculated 2015 bid, the President has told an Abuja High Court that he is currently doing his first term of four years in office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as provided by the 1999 constitution.

Jonathan also emphasized that he has not indicated or announced anywhere that he would contest the presidential elections in 2015.

The party’s chieftain, Mr Cyriacus Njoku who had attempted to stop the President from contesting the 2011 Presidential election on the ground that Jonathan’s candidacy violated the zoning principle of the party, had filed the present suit before an Abuja High Court last month. He is asking it to stop President Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential elections on the grounds that he is already in his second term in office.

The suit followed a declaration by the President sometime in March, that he is serving his first term in office.

Mr Njoku rejected that declaration and insisted that Jonathan is currently running a second term in office and cannot be a candidate in 2015. He also said the President cannot swear to an Oath of Office thrice in the light of Section 137(1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution.

Those joined in the matter are the President, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

But in a 15-paragraph counter affidavit filed by President Jonathan’s lawyer, Mr Ade Okeaya-Inneh, a senior advocate of Nigeria, the President described the suit as frivolous and vexatious having failed to disclose reasonable cause of action.

A senior Special Assistant to Jonathan, Mr Mattew Aikhionbare and Dr Reuben Abati, the Presidential Spokesman, in their depositions posited that President Jonathan is currently doing his first term of 4 years in office as the president of Nigeria as provided by the 1999 constitution as amended and that the President’s status and position is formidably backed by the 1999 costitution.

The Presidential aides argue that the constitution of Nigeria only makes provisions for a president to contest for not more than 2 terms of 4 years each and that their principal has not indicated or announced anywhere whether in words or in writing that he will contest for the presidential elections to be conducted in 2015.

“The Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua contested and won the presidential elections conducted in 2007 for a one term of four years. He was the president from May 29, 2007 until sometime in May 2010 when he passed on. Yar’Adua’s four years was to end in 2011″ they insisted.

Jonathan averred further that on May 6, 2010 he was sworn in as the president after the demise of the Late President Yar’Adua thereby completing Yara’Adua’s 12 months of the 4 years tenure.

He declared once more that this is the first time he is coming to power as the president of Nigeria through a conducted election wherein he was voted as the presidential candidate of his party, PDP.

Mr. Njoku had raised two questions for determination by the court. These are, whether Section 135(2) of the Constitution which specifies a period of four years in office for the President is only available or applicable to a person elected on the basis of an actual election or includes one in which a person assumes the position of President by operation of law as in the case of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and whether Section 137(1)(b) of the 1999 Constitution which provides that a person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has been elected to such office at any two previous elections applies President Jonathan who first took an Oath of Office as substantive President on May 6, 2010 and took a second Oath of Office as President on May 29, last year.

The presiding judge, Justice Mudashiru Onyangi, has fixed further hearing into the matter for 18th April.

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17 Comments for “Jonathan: I am eligible for 2nd term presidency”

  1. Mamman Bako

    Political restructure the only way for Nigeria.

  2. adeyemi tobias ndudi

    HE IS ELIGIBLE BUT DOES THIS TRANSLATE TO I WILL RUN FOR ELECTION TO DO A SECOND TERM?

    THIS STATEMENT BY GEJ I WHAT FELA CALLED……………”WHEN TROUBLE SLEEP, YANGA GO WAKE AM, WETIN E DEY FIND, PALAVER E DEY FIND, PALAVER E GO GET IT O”.

    TO ALL PRO AND ANTI GEJ 2ND TERM BID… (FOOT SOLDIERS INCLUSIVE)
    ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET…………………FIRE (ROFOROFO DON START)

    • NASIR,KATSINA

      Jona u ar eligible 2 contest so contest,u ar diggn your grave

      • Oga GEJ, u r eligible but not capable of ruling this nation. We are sorry, we can’t vote for u again, u have increased our suferings and pains. No job, no water, no road, no light, no food, no better hospitals, increase in pump price of fuel, high cost of transport, insecurity,high rate of coruption etc.Please we need somebody who can take us to d promise land and not u.

  3. Ayour Pee

    I was expecting it. The next step will be formation of various groups that will ask GEJ to contest. Then there will be intra and inter-party conflicts over the issue. Then GEJ will deny knowing anything about the agitation. Thereafter, some traditional rulers and highnetworth individuals from various regions of the country will run to Aso Rock almost shedding tears to prevail GEJ to contest because without him, the country will never move forward. At the end of the day, our own GEJ will ‘reluctantly’ accept the ‘call to serve my father’s land’!!!

    All these will commence from early 2013, so the only time GEJ (and indeed this present government) have to work is between now and end of this year.

    I dont need to be a prophet to know all these. It has been part and parcel of our political life. Therefore, anyone still wondering why we are where we are as a nation is a big fool!!!

  4. Aloy Abiriyi

    We will vote you. GJE

  5. rafael

    ayour pee your prophecy is absolutely right. bros jona, it is a pitiable dismal dismal, it is regrettable lugubrious that after u inflicted pains and increase our suffering, while you eat one million naira per day food where the common man on the street cannot afford to eat one fifty naira a day food, you still feel this is not a enough, you make we the masses suffered and pay for our life when you cannot secure our life and property. let me inform you that wasn’t what you swore on may 29, 2011 to nigerians who gave you shoe when you don’t have, even though you lie to us that you don’t have shoe. i will implore you to disregard all those who are backing your second term, because they are only planing your downfall. come 2015 nigerians will speak out in large and one voice we won’t give you cloths to wear again. mark my word.

  6. MALLAM SHEHU

    ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!! THIS MAN IS NOT TALKING ABOUT IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF LIVING OF NIGERIANS WHILE HE IS IN OFFICE. AFTER YEARS OF LAVISH SPENDING, LOOTING THE TREASURY, ALL HE IS THINKING ABOUT IS FOUR MORE YEARS TO PROLONG OUR SUFFERING, NIGERIA WAKE UP ! ! ! IT IS TIME FOR REVOLUTION! ! ! LET US STOP ALL THESE THIEVES CALLED POLITICIANS FROM STEALING US BLIND, EITHER IN THE PDP, ACN, UPGA OR WHATEVER THEY CALL THEIR GROUP OF THIEVES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, DO NOT LET US CONTINUE SUFFERING AND SMILING.

    • Dike

      @ Mallam Shehu. You should have thought about revolution when your military mullahs, dictators, military presidents and maximum rulers were in power, none of whom was voted for irrespective of their flowery titles. Now is not the time for a revolution because you have the opportunity to vote people in or out of office every four years as we have seen in the South West and other parts of the country. So my friend the revolution we need is one that will sweep aside those who with their Boko Haram surrogates vowed to make the country ungovernable for the Jonathan Presidency. The military President ruled for more than eight years and diverted every resources to building Abuja which we are now told will be for the North in the event of a break-up. Are you telling me that you cannot put up with eight years of a democratically elected government of GEJ irrespective of the flaws in the electoral process? The hardship dates back to the era of military rulers from one section of the country. Let us have leadership from other sections of the country as well without upheaval from those who think they have a God-given right to rule over us.

  7. tarkaa

    I Weep for Mandela.My heart goes out to him. When and where wi the world will another NELSON M A N D E L A COME? Why are the Mugabes ,Gadafis ,Asads ,Enyademas Wades etc growing in numbers instead of diminishing?

    There is none in this world (except Jesus Christ) that suffered for the freedom of his people (country) than Nelson Mandela. After release from jail after 27 years ,he was made the first black president of post aparthied south Africa.At the swearing in ceremony,Mandela promised he was leaving office atfter the first term in office.Behold, he honoured his word and passed the batton to Mbeki just after the very first term.
    why,why,and why cant we have men of intergrity again, here and elsewhere?
    We heard Jonathan Ebele Jonathan loud and well during his campaigns that he would do only one term of FOUR (4) YEARS. Oh my MANDELA ,here is your fellow African brother twisting and rearranging grammar again? why and why ?

    Is Jonathan happy when it is said that since independence ,Nigeria became a terrorist country under him? why would an honourable man not honour his word and agreements even if pushed or pulled by a crane? Where is the joy for Nigerias if we go the way of the sudans under Jonathan Ebele Jonathan?

  8. Olamide

    We will not vote for you GEJ. Your years in government can aptly be named ‘Years of the Locust and Solid Darkness’. Another 4 years of directionless governance and bumbling leadership? All right-thinking Nigerians say NO to another four years of GEJ. No light, no water, our jobs being given to Chinese illiterates, insecurity, corruption at all levels of government, crumbling educational system, no roads, Boko Haram, MEND, no health service and no happiness. Nigerians are tired of GEJ, Reuben Abati and co. Just finish your four years and get out and we will be very happy to see you go into political oblivion.

    • Dike

      @ Olamide. Stop using ‘we’ as if you’re our royal father. Do you know the mind of every Nigerian? What can you do with all the impediments and obstructions if you’re in Jonathan’s position? Can you move troops and deal ruthlessly with Boko haram without outcry from those who planted and nurtured them? Use your senses and you will realised that Jonathan has displayed wisdom with his policy of containment instead of conflagration. However you’re entitled to your opinion but do not present it as a collection of opinions of all Nigerians. I will vote for Jonathan because so far I am not seeing any alternative. Obviously not mullah Buhari.

  9. Prince T

    Gej is eligible but i will never vote for him with his level of progress so far. However, let us not distract him. He can still perform miracle

  10. JERRY EDO

    Let us see how the court will decide the issues before it.. Personally, I think President Jonathan is legally qualified to contest for another term. Whether he is morally qualified to do so is a moot point. I disagree that he had served a term when he was sworn in as President when Yardua died. I don’t think that is the intent and purpose of the constitution we operate.

  11. EBUKA UGWU

    GEJ – u ar d no. 1 I wl vote for in 2015, failure to do road,pay pensioneer their benefit, no water, insecurity . All these your good work will speak for u when the time come. Don’t border yourself you kuku know your citizen say they like one cup of derica rice and 3 yrds of cloth. You dont need to panic.

    All the hungry pensioneers and passing out no better job will gather and vote u.
    Ewu!

  12. MALLAM SHEHU

    @DIKE, OBVIOUSLY YOU MUST BE ONE OF THOSE PROFITING FROM JONATHAN BEING IN POWER. YOU MUST BE ONE OF THOSE HAPPY TO SEE THE MAJORITY CONTINUE TO SUFFER WITH NO ELECTRICITY, NO ROADS, NO JOBS, NO SECURITY AND THIS IS WHY YOU ARE HOPING FOR JONATHAN TO COME BACK FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS.

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