President Jonathan assumed the leadership of the country in early 2010 due to the illness of his predecessor, Umar Musa Yar’ Adua and only became substantive President after Yar’Adua’s death in May 2010, he however started his first full tenure as an elected president on May 29, 2011. The Nigerian Constitution allows a two-term limit for Presidents and Governors.
The Abuja High Court dismissed the suit filed by Cyriacus Njoku, especially his counsel’s argument that the Constitution does not allow a person to take the oath of office thrice for the same position. Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi ruled that the President is eligible to contest in 2015 if he so desires. The judge however stated that the ruling does not in any way, and should not be misinterpreted to mean that President Goodluck Jonathan has become the automatic candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party for the election.
Justice Oniyangi dismissed the suit because as presently constituted, it does not disclose any cause of action and that Cyriacus Njoku lacks the locus standi to institute the case.