Jonathan is free to contest – court says

A federal high court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State had cleared the air on Friday that former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was free to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Jonathan led Nigeria from 2009 to 2015 when he handed power over to Buhari.

Having completed the four years tenure of the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua, Jonathan won the 2011 presidential election.

After the 2015 election, he was replaced by Mohammadu Buhari.

Jonathan retired to Otuoke as he promised before the 2015 election.

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He said that if he loses, he will go back to his farm in Otuoke, Bayelsa state.

However, the speculations that the former president had returned in 2022 to contest the 2023 election still leave Nigerians by surprise.

Many were asking if the former president returned to stain the good image he left behind.

So arguments also rose to declare that Jonathan was ineligible to contest the 2023 election.

Unfortunately for those who thought this way. Jonathan was on Friday cleared by a federal high court in Bayelsa.

The court said that the former president has the right to contest in the forthcoming 2023 election.

The presiding judge, Justice Isa Hamma Dashen, gave the judgement on Friday.

Dashen also held that their right Jonathan to seek another term in office cannot be restricted by any retroactive legislation.

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