Bayelsa Times

Presidency: Group, SANs warn Jonathan against contesting

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan who is considering joining the All Progressives Congress (APC), to run for the position of  President in 2023  is set to face a legal battle in the coming days, Bayelsa Times reports.
The Vice Chairman/Director of Public Affairs, Igbo Leadership Development Foundation (ILDF), Dr  Law Mefor, says his group will be going to court to challenge Jonathan should he declare his intention to contest.
Mefor stated this as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House of Representatives warned the ex-President against accepting offers of the APC and the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mefor who spoke on behalf  of the foundation and who also believes that the next President should be from the South-East region, argued that Jonathan had been affected by the constitutional amendment and thus had no right to contest.
He said, “I have said it before and I’m saying it again. We will go to court to challenge it if Jonathan joins the presidential race.
“What my group, Igbo Leadership Development Foundation, would test in court is whether Jonathan can be sworn in as President of Nigeria a third time despite the express constitutional provision against it.
“We are just waiting for Jonathan to pick up a political party’s nomination form and the Igbo Leadership Development Foundation will approach a court of competent jurisdiction to challenge his qualification to stand this election.
” I have nothing personal against Jonathan. After all, I was in his media team in 2015 but we have to do things right as a nation under the law and not as a nation of impunity picked as a consensus candidate.”
It would be recall that Femi Falana, a human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has said that According to the constitution, former President Goodluck Jonathan cannot seek re-election to the office of President.
”On June 4, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a constitutional amendment prohibiting a Vice President who serves out the remainder of a President’s term from running for President a second time.
”The law also prohibits a deputy governor who serves out the remainder of a governor’s tenure from seeking re-election to the governorship.
”A President’s tenure can be cut short due to death, resignation, or death, allowing the Vice President to finish the departed President’s term.
”After then-President Umaru Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010, Jonathan, as Vice President at the time, took a fresh oath of office to finish Yar’Adua’s tenure as President.
”On May 29, 2011, he was sworn in for a second term after winning the presidential election that year.
”Jonathan is harmed by the constitution revision,” Falana stated in a statement on Wednesday night.
“It has been confirmed that former President Goodluck Jonathan has decided to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) with a view to contesting the 2023 presidential election.
“However, the former President is disqualified from contesting the said election by virtue of 137 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended which provides as follows: A person who was sworn in to complete the term for which another person was elected as President shall not be elected to such office for more than a single term.

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