The Peoples Democratic Party has applied to be joined in a suit challenging the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest in the 2015 election.

A PDP card-carrying member, Henry Amadi, is before a Federal High Court, Abuja, contending that Jonathan is no longer viable to contest in 2015 because by so doing he would be spending more than the maximum period of two terms of four years provided in the 1999 Constitution.

The suit is similar to another one filed by a chieftain of the PDP, Mr. Cyriacus Njoku on March 20, 2012, asking an Abuja High Court to stop the president from participating in the next general election.

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Judgment in that suit is pending before Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi.

In the present suit, the Respondents are Jonathan and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the application by its National Legal Adviser, Mr. Kwon Victor, PDP prayed the court to join it as an interested party because it would be affected by the outcome of the suit.

It is also asking the court to make a consequential order directing the plaintiff to amend his originating processes to reflect PDP as a defendant and cause same to be served on the party.

In the affidavit in support of the application, Kwon argued that from the reliefs sought by the plaintiff in this suit, PDP’s right to sponsor Jonathan for the office of the President in the 2015 presidential election is being challenged.

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He averred that ‘’this action cannot be effectually and completely be determined without joining the applicant herein.

‘’By the very tenor of the reliefs sought by the plaintiff, this suit questions the right of the applicant to sponsor one of its members (Jonathan) for the 2015 presidential election. The applicant herein seeks to protect its interest in the present action by this application.”

Justice Adamu Bello has fixed February 26 to hear the PDP’s application following the plaintiff’s lawyer, C.N.Eke’s intention to oppose the application for joinder.


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