Not less than 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN have revealed plans to drag President Goodluck Jonathan to court in search of important legal interpretation on the President’s eligibility to contest in the 2015 general election.
A security source who claimed he was not authorized to speak on the matter disclosed that the action of the SAN’s is part of a security report expected to be submitted to the President this week, Leadership reports.
President Goodluck Jonathan
“Over 20 SANs are set to take the president to court. The president will be briefed on this development this week. We hope the president will act quickly on the report,” he said.
It was gathered that some powerful politicians and groups across the country allegedly gathered a team of lawyers to challenge Jonathan whenever he declares his intention to seek re-election in the 2015 general polls.
According to Nigeria’s constitution, a president can only serve two terms, which the opposition claims Jonathan has already served. It was said that the opposing politicians were waiting for President Jonathan to officially declare so that they can embark on the legal battle, since any move in that direction now would only result to a wild goose chase.
However, it is believed that President Jonathan is reconsidering his 2015 re-election ambition following the constitutional bottlenecks in his way, even as lawyers in the country have also started debating the issue.
“There are two constitutional provisions that are in question. The first is section 135 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, which states that no president can take the oath of office of the president of Nigeria more than twice. You will recall that on May 6, 2010, President Jonathan was sworn in by Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu as the fifth president of Nigeria after the death of then president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Upon winning the presidential election in 2011, he was again sworn in and took the oath of office as the sixth president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This means he has been sworn in twice already, not as acting president but with full powers as commander-in-chief,” a source who spoke on condition of anonymity said.