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Court urged to declare Jonathan, Sambo ineligible for 2015 election

22 September 2014, 12:44

Abuja - A federal high court sitting in Abuja has been asked to stop the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from fielding President Goodluck Jonathan and his deputy, Namadi Sambo as its presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2015 presidential elections, reports ThisDay.

The plaintiffs, Mase Daphine Acho, Saeeq Umar Sarki and Murtala Abubakar said that Jonathan and Sambo were not qualified to be elected president and vice president of Nigeria respectively in the next election.

Also read: PDP governors back Jonathan re-election bid

The plaintiffs, who are lawyers, argued that Jonathan and Sambo are barred by the provisions of the constitution which state that no person can stay in office of the president and vice president beyond a period of eight years.
They stated that Jonathan and Sambo had held office for two terms recognised by the 1999 constitution.

They stated that the first term was held to conclude the un-expired term of the late president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua between the 6th May 2010 to 29th May 2011 while their the second term is still being served from the 29th May 2011 to 29th May 2015.

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