2023: Jonathan can’t run for presidency, says Falana

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Following speculations that former President Goodluck Jonathan was considering defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress and contest in the 2023 presidential election. a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has said that the former president cannot run for the 2023 presidential race.

Channels TV reports that Falana said this in a statement on Thursday, basing his stance on Section 137 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

The statement read, “It has been confirmed that former President Goodluck Jonathan has decided to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, to contest the 2023 presidential election.

“However, the former President is disqualified from contesting the said election by 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.

“Some people have said that the amendment is not retrospective and, therefore, cannot apply to Dr. Jonathan. Assuming without conceding that the amendment is not retrospective, it is submitted that under the current Constitution a President or Governor cannot spend more than 2 terms of 8 years. In other words, the Constitution will not allow anyone to be in office for more than a cumulative period of 8 years.

“It is not in dispute that Dr. Jonathan became the President of Nigeria in 2010 following the sudden death of President Umaru Yar’adua. He later contested and won the 2011 presidential election. Having spent 5 years in office as President, Dr. Jonathan is disqualified from contesting the 2023 presidential election.

“The reason is that if he wins the election, he will spend an additional term of 4 years. It means that he would spend a cumulative period of 9 years as President of Nigeria in utter breach of Section 137 of the Constitution which provides for a maximum two terms of 8 years.”


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