Oct 17, 2014

CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTESTING ELECTIONS: OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY


General elections in Nigeria are fast approaching, political parties, candidates, party thugs agents, INEC and the whole country is immensely interested in how events at the elections will play out. This post is a first in a series of articles informing about the constitutional requirements for contesting elections in Nigeria, here we shall be talking about the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 
The Constitution provides for the law regarding eligibility into the position of the President and other electoral positions such as the position of the Governor, Senators and members of the National and State Assemblies. Section 130 of the 1999 Constitution says that “there shall be for the Federation, a President” and such “President shall be the Head of State, the Chief Executive of the Federation and Commander- In –Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation”.

Qualification to the position of the President is provided for in Section 131, which states that – A person shall be qualified for election to the office of President if –
  • he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
  • he has attained the age of forty – years.
  • he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and
  • he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.
There have been comments on the age qualification of the President, some believe that the age qualification should either be reduced to 35 or totally removed from the qualifications for the position of the President, do you agree? Other also comment that Independent candidates who are not members of political parties should also be eligible for candidacy. 

It is the duty of INEC to appoint a date for election into the office of the President and the elections must hold on a date not earlier than sixty days and not later than thirty days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of that office as provided in Section 132.  

A candidate for an election to the office of President shall be deemed to have been duly elected to such office where, being the only candidate nominated for the election – 
  1. he has a majority of YES votes over NO votes cast at the election; and
  2. he has not less than one – quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, but where the only candidate fails to be elected in accordance with this section, then there shall be fresh nominations. (section 133)
Section 136 provides that if the person elected as President dies before taking the Oath of Allegiance and oath of office, or is for any reason is unable to be sworn in, the person elected as his Vice-President shall be sworn in as President. However, when both die before the inauguration of the National Assembly, INEC will have to conduct fresh elections. 

As stated in the Constitution, the following people are disqualified from seeking elections into the office of the President- 

  • persons who have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country other than Nigeria
  • he has been previously elected as President twice
  • he is under a death sentence imposed by a competent court of law or tribunal
  • within 10 years before elections, he has been found guilty and sentenced of a crime involving dishonesty or contravention of the code of conduct.
  • he is an undischarged bankrupt  
  • he is employed into the civil or public service of the Federation or of any State, he has not resigned or retired from the employment.
  • he is a member of any secret society
  • he has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by a Judicial Commission of Inquiry or an Administrative Panel of Inquiry.
  • he has presented a forged certificate to INEC
  • he has been adjudged a lunatic or person of unsound mind.
The position of the President is a very sensitive one as such person is the leader of the nation, he determines a lot about policy development and execution and as such must be a person with a heart to serve and the drive to move the nation forward. Everyone who is eligible to vote in the coming election is urged to vote wisely and not sell their votes. 


Adedunmade Onibokun, Esq
@adedunmade
Adedunmade is a lawyer who practices in Lagos, Nigeria.

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  1. Heheheheh.
    Age 40 here I come!
    Say heloo to your future president

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  11. I never thought i would be HIV negative again after been diagnosed in 2015, i have tried everything possible in life from one doctor to another, one hospital to another, series of tests, different kinds of medication, i had already lost hope until i meet Great Dr. OSAGIE online testimonies, a specialist in herbal medication from Africa, i contacted him (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
    DROSAGIESOULTIONTEMPLE@YAHOO.COM) and he prepared HIV herbal medication for me which i took for 7days and now i am completely cured. i want to use this medium to express my gratitude to him for saving my life and curing me from HIV, for taking away all my pains and sorrows, I''m indeed grateful and i am so happy I''m now HIV negative. i will continue to tell the good news of your great works to everyone, if you have HIV or other disease contact him, Email: his email: (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
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    -COLD SORE
    -ALS
    -LOWER RESPIRATORY INFECTION
    -LOW SPERM COUNT
    -STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS
    -STROKE
    -IMPOTENCE
    -PILE
    -HYPERTENSION
    -LOW SPERM COUNT
    -ASTHMA
    -CANCER
    -BARENESS/INFERTILITY

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  12. I never thought i would be HIV negative again after been diagnosed in 2015, i have tried everything possible in life from one doctor to another, one hospital to another, series of tests, different kinds of medication, i had already lost hope until i meet Great Dr. OSAGIE online testimonies, a specialist in herbal medication from Africa, i contacted him (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
    DROSAGIESOULTIONTEMPLE@YAHOO.COM) and he prepared HIV herbal medication for me which i took for 7days and now i am completely cured. i want to use this medium to express my gratitude to him for saving my life and curing me from HIV, for taking away all my pains and sorrows, I''m indeed grateful and i am so happy I''m now HIV negative. i will continue to tell the good news of your great works to everyone, if you have HIV or other disease contact him, Email: his email: (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
    DROSAGIESOULTIONTEMPLE@YAHOO.COM ) or His Whatsapp number: +2347030465649...thank you He also have a herbal cure for Following DISEASES,this is 100% Real
    -COLD SORE
    -ALS
    -LOWER RESPIRATORY INFECTION
    -LOW SPERM COUNT
    -STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS
    -STROKE
    -IMPOTENCE
    -PILE
    -HYPERTENSION
    -LOW SPERM COUNT
    -ASTHMA
    -CANCER
    -BARENESS/INFERTILITY

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  13. I never thought i would be HIV negative again after been diagnosed in 2015, i have tried everything possible in life from one doctor to another, one hospital to another, series of tests, different kinds of medication, i had already lost hope until i meet Great Dr. OSAGIE online testimonies, a specialist in herbal medication from Africa, i contacted him (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
    DROSAGIESOULTIONTEMPLE@YAHOO.COM) and he prepared HIV herbal medication for me which i took for 7days and now i am completely cured. i want to use this medium to express my gratitude to him for saving my life and curing me from HIV, for taking away all my pains and sorrows, I''m indeed grateful and i am so happy I''m now HIV negative. i will continue to tell the good news of your great works to everyone, if you have HIV or other disease contact him, Email: his email: (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
    DROSAGIESOULTIONTEMPLE@YAHOO.COM ) or His Whatsapp number: +2347030465649...thank you He also have a herbal cure for Following DISEASES,this is 100% Real
    -COLD SORE
    -ALS
    -LOWER RESPIRATORY INFECTION
    -LOW SPERM COUNT
    -STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS
    -STROKE
    -IMPOTENCE
    -PILE
    -HYPERTENSION
    -LOW SPERM COUNT
    -ASTHMA
    -CANCER
    -BARENESS/INFERTILITY

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  14. HOW TO GET YOUR EX LOVER BACK.
    I want to share my testimony with everyone, my name is Victoria Desmond from USA, after 4 years of marriage with my husband ,he left me for another woman which led me into frustration. I did all i could to get him back but none availed, until an old friend of mine told me about a spell caster Dr.jaja on the internet who helped her in a similar problem, at first i doubted it but I decided to give it a try.I contacted the doctor (jajaspellcastertemple@gmail.com.com) he helped me cast a spell on my
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  15. Hello everyone, i am here today on this forum giving a life testimony on how I was cured from HIV Virus
    while this may sound discouraging and people may not be-live that HIV CURE has be found,while i was once an HIV positive i live with this disease for more than years now, i have been to so many places for help including hospitals wasted money and times hoping that i was going to get cure but nor was able, until God use someone to cure me from this disease (HIV) true the help of a man called Dr osemu with his herbal root herbs medicine. while i don’t have much to say but to give thanks and praise to God almighty who use Sir Dr osemu to extend my life for what you have done for me DR, i will not stop thanking you because you put a smile on my face again.thanks once again if you are into similar problem or with any kind of diseases you can contact Sir Dr osemu on his mail drosemuspellcaster@gmail.com or call him or whatsapp on +2349073889037 and i will not stop thanking you DR osemu for what you have done for me in my life, i will keep posting to the world for them to no that you are in existence , thanks for your audience and i hope you find help like i did for what he has done for me, if you are into similar problem like HERPES,HEPATITIS B,CANCER,DIABETICS.do not wast time to contact him now his WhatsApp +2349073889037 and his email drosemuspellcaster@gmail.com

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  16. Good day everybody i hear how people are talking about the powerful herbal doctor Osebulu i contacted him because i have been suffering from BREAST CANCER and DIABETES it was Dr. Osebulu that help me cure all my problem. Thank you and may you leave long to help people in problems His email is drosebuluspellhome@gmail.com or +2348083221034

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  17. What a miracle i never believe there is cure because my doctor tested me Herpes positive and she told me there is no cure, i’m very happy today that i’m having a free life without this sickness, i can remember some months ago when i was crying all through the night and day that i can’t get cured from this sickness, i found this herbal man email on internet when i was doing research on cure for Herpes i contacted him to found out if i can get help from this sickness, i was so surprise when he told me that he have the herbs cure to it and he sent me the herbal in less down 2-3 days i was so happy when i get someone giving me hope that he can cured me i took the herbal for just 2 weeks, when i went for test after taking the herbal i found out that i am cured i was so happy and surprise, i want to use this opportunity to inform you that there is cured to Herpes you can also contact him for his help as soon as possible so that you can get rid of this sickness once and for all you can reach him through this email: chiefdrlucky@gmail.com or whatsApp him on +2348132777335 You can also contact him on any sickness in this he all have the herbal cure to it

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  18. AN Amazing Testimony On A Spell Caster Who help me to get pregnant, So me and my partner have been trying for a baby for the last 5 years now and we have had no luck. I don't have a regular cycle so it is hard for me to tell when I'm ovulating or not, but we always have sex at least 2 times a week, sometimes more. I know it can take up to a year to conceive but everyone i know who have had a baby have conceived within 2-3months of trying and it is really getting to me. my partner had a fertility test about a year ago and his sperm were fine. I'm thinking it could be a problem with me but I've never had any symptoms of any problems. My partner does smoke and have the occasional Priest ink, and i used to smoke and also have the occasional Priest ink. i know i'm slightly overweight but that shouldn't affect our chances too much,one faithful day my friend told me to contact a spell caster that help her aunty, then i contact the man on this email: babaka.wolf@gmail.com , after three months the doctor confirm that i am pregnant thank you Priest Babaka for helping me get a baby, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: babaka.wolf@gmail.com or Facebook at priestly.babaka if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine

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