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New law stops VP who completes President’s tenure from contesting twice

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Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria on Friday signed a constitutional amendment that stops a Vice President who completes the term of a President from contesting for the office of the President more than one more time.

The same is applicable to a Deputy Governor who completes the term of a state governor.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa , Abuja on Friday.

The term of a President or a Governor can be aborted by virtue of death, resignation or removal, thereby paving the way for the Vice President or Deputy Governor to take over.

According to Enang, the effect of the new law, Act 16, is that having taken the oath of President or Governor once, the affected person can only contest one more time and no more.

If the law had been in place , former President Goodluck Jonathan who completed the tenure of late President Umaru Yar ’Adua after his death would not have qualified to contest the 2015 presidential elections having contested and won in 2011 .

It however remains unclear yet if the law has foreclosed Jonathan’s possible re-election bid as it ( the law ) may be said not to have retrospective effect.