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Goodluck Greenlighted For Another Go

FILE: Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, arriving in Bamako, Mali for the CEDEAO conference, July 7, 2020

A Nigerian court has cleared the way for former president Goodluck Jonathan to run in next year's elections. The action addressed challenges made on his eligibility to return to national politics.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is cleared to climb back into the Head of State chair.

That path was opened in a court ruling Friday that shot down a case to disqualify Jonathan based on term limits on how long a person can serve as president.

Jonathan, who was president from 2010 to 2015, has not yet said if he plans to vie for it again in 2023.

His spokesperson said this month he would not seek the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party's nomination, though a group of supporters from northern Nigeria are urging him to.

In 2012, Vice President Jonathan succeeded President Umaru Yaradua, who died in office. He subsequently contested and won presidential elections under the People's Democratic Party (PDP), now in opposition.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed a constitution amendment in 2018 seeking to bar vice-presidents from serving more than one full-term in event of succeeding a president through death, impairment or ill-health, a hurdle which Jonathan had to clear.

The court said that the new amendment was not binding on him.

Jonathan, who was defeated in 2015 by the APC's candidate, has not said under which party he intends to run if indeed he does.

Meanwhile, at the APC, with Buhari exiting after two full terms, the race to succeed him is wide open with more than 20 ruling party candidates launching their bids.