Damilola Aina, Abuja
Daily Courier – Former President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to run for president in 2023, according to a Federal High Court ruling in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Justice Isa Hamma Dashen, the presiding judge, handed down the decision on Friday.
Jonathan‘s right to run for president again, he added, cannot be thwarted by any retroactive legislation.
Recall that the former President was recently linked with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race following the reported purchase of N100 million form on his behalf by a Fulani group.
However, there have been different positions on his eligibility for the 2023 presidential election.
But on Friday, the court held that Jonathan, who lost the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari, could still vie for the highest political office in the country.
The presiding judge, Justice Isa Hamma Dashen, who gave the judgement on Friday, also held that Jonathan’s right to contest for the office of president in 2023 cannot be stopped by any retroactive law.
In an originating summons filed by Andy Solomon and Idibiye Abraham, the plaintiffs sought an order of the court stating that Jonathan is not affected by the fourth alteration to the constitution barring Vice-Presidents who succeed their principals from serving more than one full term.
APC, Jonathan and the Independent National Electoral Commission are listed as defendants in the suit marked FHC/YNG/CS/86/2022 which is before Justice Isa Dashen.