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2023 presidency:Court clears Goodluck Jonathan to contest

A Federal Top Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Friday cleared former President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2023 Presidential contest.

The development is coming hours to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential primaries elections scheduled for Saturday in Abuja.

Recall that the previous President has been lately connected with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race following the reported acquire of N100 million form on his behalf of a Fulani group.

On the other hand, there were other positions on his eligibility for the 2023 presidential election.

However on Friday, the court held that Jonathan, who lost the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari, may just nonetheless vie for the topmost political office in the country.

READ MORE: Presidency: Jonathan still in the race, puts APC screening on hold

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.

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