Nigerian President Jonathan to Seek Fresh Mandate

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has decided to seek a new term, announcing through Facebook that he will run in the January 2011 presidential election in his country.

“In presenting myself for service, I make no pretense that I have a magic wand that will solve all of Nigeria’s problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian,” Jonathan said in a message posted on his Facebook page. Jonathan said he will make a formal announcement on Saturday. His decision to join the election came after the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ruled that the president is qualified to run under the country’s strict “zoning” rules, which mandate that power must rotate to different regions or ethnic groups every eight years.

Jonathan was elected vice-president in the 2007 elections as running mate of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua. Jonathan assumed the presidency on May 6 this year following Yar’Adua’s death due to a lingering illness.