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Court Rules that President Goodluck Jonathan is Eligible to Run for a Second Term in 2015



After much debate about President Goodluck Jonathan‘s eligibility to run for a second term in 2015, an Abuja High Court has ruled in his favour.

The Court, this afternoon, ruled that he can contest the forthcoming 2015 Presidential election if he so desires.

According to NAN, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi held that Jonathan’s assumption of the office of the President after the demise of the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua was in line with what the National Assembly aptly described as doctrine of necessity and not as a result of emerging winner in any bye election conducted after the death of the late former President.

“After the death of Umaru Yar’Adua, there was no election or bye election. President Jonathan was merely asked to assume the office of the President in line with Doctrine of necessity. He was not elected as the President but was made to assume office by virtue of Yar’Adua’s death. Having exhausted the late President’s tenure, he sought for his party’s ticket and ran for the office of the President successfully in 2011 general election. He is therefore currently serving his first tenure of office and if he so wishes, he is eligible to further seek his party’s ticket through the party’s primary election and to run for office in 2015,” the Judge said.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. asgrl

    March 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I thought he said he wasn’t going to stay past 2015? Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  2. Stella Kashmoney

    March 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Oh no they didnt.

  3. Taiwo

    March 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    May God punish all of u ijn.

  4. ao

    March 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I hope that if Nigeria ever finds itself in a similar situation that the court is consistent with its application of the law.

  5. Peachy_mo

    March 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Of course he will rule in 2015….his household! crazy bunch of maggots!

  6. Moi Moi

    March 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Absolute power corrupts indeed!!! Nijjar, our country where leadership position is viewed/seen as a birth-right!!! GOD must intervain b4 2015 ijn!

  7. x factor

    March 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    So many innocent Nigerian are languishing in Jail awaiting trial but of course the president’s case was given accelerated hearing and decided in such record timing……..Posterity will either indict or vindicate us all……

  8. machenry

    March 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    nigerias please listen to the word of god. God is the one that put the president in that . So if you dont want him there .then cry to god

  9. Jackie

    March 2, 2013 at 12:07 am

    The court has spoken. In 2015 the people will speak with their votes.

  10. SOYE A

    March 2, 2013 at 12:53 am

    most of u that comments on social media do not understand the intrigues of politics and governance. judging from the general economic pains, you insult your leaders. which of have sat down to pray holistically for the peace, development and growth of this nations before? you only want magic to be performed by your leaders. it is in the same situations that both young and old people are making profit and inventions while you sit down and always see evil in goodluck jonathan. even if jonathan for any reason sacrifice his life for this country, we will still critise him negatively/destructively. people should leave their sentiment and pains in order to see good thing in goodluck jonathan and pray for him to succeed. it is good for our country.

    • morenike

      March 2, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Are you reeeeeeally serious? Or are you just naive?

  11. morenike

    March 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Good God Why!?!?! When will our country stop shitting on us?

  12. whocares

    March 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    It is actually legal.. he is a lucky bastard, but his running for the third term is legal nonetheless should he decide to go for it. But not to worry, all we need to do is pray, light candles, (white garment church or catholic) involve juju if we must and chase him out of office by fire by force. Who says diabolitical/ spiritual does not beat the law?

  13. Ayo Fashola

    March 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Lol @ Whocares!

  14. Tiki

    March 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Well it seems pretty straightforward and legal to me. Only way to get him out of power now is to assume responsibility for the country, and vote him out!

  15. Maureen

    March 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Tell me who is better than him, God don choozam, una hear. He will be there come 2015.
    He is a God fearing man.

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