Is Jonathan eligible to Contest in 2015? Court Reserves Ruling

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, has reserved ruling in the application filed by a presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Dr Umar Ardo, praying the court to allow him join in a pending appeal.

Mr. Cyriacus Njoku had filed an appeal challenging the judgement of Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi of the Abuja High Court, which dismissed his suit challenging Jonathan’s eligibility to re-contest in 2015.

Justice Oniyangi had in March 2013 declared that Jonathan is eligible to contest the 2015 election. Shortly after the judgement was delivered, Njoku went to Court of Appeal to challenge the judgement.
And now Dr. Umar Ardo, who was not a party in the suit at the Abuja High Court showed his intention to join in the suit at the Appeal Court on the grounds that he wants to contest the presidential election under the platform of the PDP.
But the president, through his counsel, Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN), opposed the application on the grounds that the applicant did not satisfy the provisions of Section 243 (1) (a) which stipulates the process of joining an appeal.

Ardo through his counsel, Dr Amuda Kannike (SAN), had told the court that he had been cleared thrice by the PDP to contest the governorship position of Adamawa State, to prepare himself to seek the highest office in the nation.

He said the decision of the Abuja High Court raised grave points of constitutional law and jurisprudence that is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The appeal court in Abuja will be delivering its ruling on this all important issues anything soon.


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