Politics

Federal High Court Asked To Determine Jonathan’s Eligibility To Contest In 2015

A suit to stop President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo has been filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The suit is asking the court to restrain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from fielding  Jonathan and Sambo ?as presidential and vice presidential candidates for the forthcoming 2015 Presidential Elections.

The plaintiffs ?Mase Daphine Acho, Saeeq Umar Sarki (both lawyers) and Murtala Abubakar said that Jonathan and Sambo were ineligible to be elected president and vice president respectively.

Jonathan, Sambo, PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) were named as 1st to 4th defendants in the suit.

The suit was filed last Friday, 19th September 2014.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers Mustapha Ibrahim, Mr Abdul Mohammed and Aliyu Lemu argued that by virtue of the Supreme Court’s decision in Marwa V Nyako (2012) 6 NWLR (Part 1296) at 199, both Jonathan and Sambo were not qualified to be elected as President and Vice-President respectively.

According to them, Jonathan and Sambo are caught by the provisions of the constitution which state that no person can stay in office of the president and vice president for a period beyond a period of 8 years.

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