As reactions continue to trail the Abuja High Court ruling which declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had the constitutional right to seek re-election into office in 2015, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, hailed the ruling as ‘yet another victory to the nation’s democracy.
It noted that with the judgment, it was then left for the party and Nigerians to decide on the next line of action ahead of 2015.
“The leadership of the PDP applauds the ruling by the FCT High Court that President Goodluck Jonathan, as a Nigerian, has the constitutionally guaranteed right to seek re-election in 2015.
“This landmark ruling is yet another victory to the nation’s democracy. It has laid to rest the unnecessary debate on whether or not the President is constitutionally eligible to seek re-election in 2015.
“The court held that President Jonathan is in his first term, which commenced on the 29th of May, 2011 and thus is free to seek a second term in office in the 2015 general election under the platform of the PDP or any other political party.
“The import of this judgment is that it is now left for the PDP as party and Nigerians to decide, through legitimate processes, whether or not to return President Jonathan to the Presidency in 2015 if he indicates interest.
“With the ruling, it is now left for the President, the PDP and the people to decide and not for some people to try to stop others from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights through intimidations and harassment.”