2023: Jonathan Qualified To Run For Presidency; Ozekhome Faults Falana
2023: Jonathan Qualified To Run For Presidency; Ozekhome Faults Falana Mr Mike Ozekhome a Rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has faulted the
2023: Jonathan Qualified To Run For Presidency; Ozekhome Faults Falana; Mr Mike Ozekhome a Rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has faulted the stance of another Femi Falana, SAN, Senior lawyer, over the widely speculated proposed 2023 candidacy of a former President of Nigeria, Jonathan Goodluck.
STATE POST had reports that Femi Falana had noted that section 137(3) of the constitution disqualifies Jonathan from contesting.
Falana same Jonathan would pay a accumulative amount of 9 years as president, if he contests and wins the 2023 presidential election, adding that someone is constitutionally allowed to pay 2 terms of eight years as president.
But Ozekhome, during a piece created out there to our correspondent, noted that it might be grossly unfair to deny Jonathan the correct to contest the 2023 presidency once the county’s existent laws and court selections allow him.
The truth of the matter is that the antagonists of Jonathan running in 2023, in their strange line of argument, square measure primarily hoping on the on top of section 137(3), Ozekhome noted.
“They have most likely not adverted their minds to sections 141 of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, and section 285(13) of an equivalent fourth alteration to the 1999 constitution, as amended, that they’re hoping on.
More revealing is that these Associate in Nursingtagonists square measure most likely not tuned in to an existent and subsisting Court of charm call wherever Jonathan was frontally confronted and challenged before the 2015 presidential election.
On an equivalent ground of being ineligible to contest the same 2015 election, having allegedly been elective for 2 previous terms of workplace.
The section 137(3) being relied upon by the antagonists was signed into law in 2018, 3 years when Jonathan had left workplace. will he be caught in its net retrospectively?
Obviously those intentionally misjudging the reasonable place of the law might be baying for Jonathan’s blood, perhaps as a potential candidate who might undermine the possibilities of their favored candidate.
I don’t read problems from such a slender personal prism and blurred binoculars.
It will be grossly unfair, unconstitutional, unconscionable and inequitable to deny Jonathan of the correct to contest the 2023 presidential election once our existent laws and appeals court selections allow him to.
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Whether or not Jonathan actually needs to subject his sparkling and globally acclaimed standing and accreditations to the sloppy waters of a new rivalry with people, some, a number of whom were his personal appointees as president, is another matter altogether.
Only him, and not the current state of the laws in Nigeria, will answer that question and judge his own fate.
But, as regards his eligibility to contest, Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is pre-eminently, constitutionally, virtuously and wrongfully qualified to contest the 2023 presidential election, the SAN explained.