Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been cleared for the 2023 Presidential election by a Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Friday.
This is coming barely 24 hours before the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), presidential primary elections which are scheduled for Saturday in Abuja.
Recall that Jonathan was recently linked with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race following the reported purchase of N100 million form on his behalf by a Fulani group.
Although there have been doubts on whether he is eligible for the 2023 presidential election, the court on Friday held that Jonathan, who lost the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari, could still vie for the highest political office in the country.
Giving the judgement on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Isa Hamma Dashen, also held that Jonathan’s right to contest for the office of president in 2023 cannot be stopped by any retroactive law.
In an originating summons filed by Andy Solomon and Idibiye Abraham, the plaintiffs sought an order of the court stating that Jonathan is not affected by the fourth alteration to the constitution barring Vice-Presidents who succeed their principals from serving more than one full term.
APC, Jonathan and the Independent National Electoral Commission are listed as defendants in the suit marked FHC/YNG/CS/86/2022 which is before Justice Isa Dashen.
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