By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”A Warri based lawyer, Dr. Akpo Mudiaga-Odje, has charged Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to set in motion,Â the process of liberating the people of the Niger Delta from all repressive laws and obnoxious government policies,Â including the full implementation of the Niger Delta Technical Report and the Post Amnesty Process.
He said the zoning of elected offices by political parties in Nigeria, was unconstitutional, saying â€œthough zoning is politically expedient, it is nevertheless unconstitutional as the 1999 constitution has already listed the conditions for any Nigerian citizen to contest election into elected offices.â€
Speaking to newsmen in Evwreni,Â Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, Odje said, â€œthe constitution is the highest law of the land which other laws or political arrangements must be subject to. Once President Jonathan satisfies the conditions listed in Section 143 of the 1999 constitution, relating to qualification for President, he will have an uninhibited and inalienable right to context in 2011.
â€œThere is a difference between right to contest and right to win. The right to win is with the electorate,â€ even as he called for the amendment of section 144 of the Electoral Act, 2006.