Nigeria court asked to stop Jonathan's presidential bid

Legal battles have begun within Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party before it has chosen its nominee for presidential elections in April.

Nigeria court asked to stop Jonathan's presidential bid

Legal battles have begun within Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) before it has chosen its nominee for presidential elections in April.

Three members of the PDP went to court on Thursday, a week ahead of the primaries, to try to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting, a lawyer for his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, told Reuters.

The move comes after other party members filed a suit to try to prevent Abubakar from standing in the primaries.

Jonathan is a southerner and faces objection in the PDP from those say that a power-sharing or "zoning" deal means the next president must be a northerner such as Abubakar.

"Members of the party have today sued the party on the grounds that Goodluck Jonathan should not run due to the zoning agreement. The case has been adjourned until Monday," Atiku's lawyer Rickey Tarfa said.

"Zoning is in place and it should be respected."

The PDP is due to screen and clear candidates for the primaries on Tuesday ahead of the Thursday vote.

Jonathan's opponents argue the zoning agreement, under which power is supposed to rotate between the mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south every two terms, will be broken if he stands in the election.

Jonathan inherited the presidency after his predecessor Umaru Yar'Adua, a northerner, died part way through his first term last year. Jonathan is now seeking what would have been Yar'Adua's second term.

Agencies

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ismaila
ismaila - 10 yıl Before

Both of them be disqualified period so that no victor no vanquish.

Iykelondon
Iykelondon - 10 yıl Before

The primary assignment of most Nigerian politicians is looting the national treasury. If these ones chose to spend part of their Abuja loot in this manner, who cares?