A major blow has been dealt by Nigeria’s Supreme Court today January 27 2012 on five ruling PDP state governors for over-staying their positions in a move that has added to confusion in a country rattled by security woes and the assault of an Islamist sect Boko Haram. The affected states are Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi and Sokoto.
“No person can remain in office more than the four years provided for by the constitution,” said the ruling by the country’s top court.
The ruling, which overturns a decision by a lower court, affects governors from President Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who took office in May 2007.
Five governors won re-run elections a year after their initial victories in the 2007 polls were annulled because of irregularities.
A high court ruled in January last year that they had to start a fresh term, but supreme court Judge Walter Onnoghen said on Friday that their tenure started the day they were first sworn into office.
“To allow the governors seeking tenure elongation will allow a culture of impunity in the system,” he said.
Governorship elections are to be held in four of the affected states next month, while a new governor was elected in Kogi state in a December vote, although he has yet to be sworn in.
Jonathan is grappling with a surge in attacks by the Islamist Boko Haram sect and mounting social discontent.
The PDP controls around two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and the nation’s capital Abuja. ref: USAfrica/AFPSapa
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