- A Federal High Court has refused Godwin Emefiele’s request to restrain INEC and Abubakar Malami preventing him from his Presidential Ambition
- Emefiele said that he can run for the post of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without vacating his position as the CBN governor
- He insisted thatt Section 84 ((12) of the Electoral Act as amended, 2022 does not affect him, being a public servant and not a political appointee
Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor's bid to become the president of Nigeria has suffered a setback following the ruling of a federal high court in Abuja.
The court refused the request of the CBN governor to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), from stopping him in the pursuit of his presidential bid, Channels TV reports.
Emefiele had asked the court to declare him eligible to participate in the 2023 presidential election.
In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 and filed on May 5, the CBN governor prayed the court to declare that he could participate in any political party’s presidential primary poll and only resign 30 days to the election.
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Emefiele through his Counsel, Mike Ozekhome, told the court that Section 84 ((12) of the Electoral Act as amended, 2022 does not affect him, being a public servant and not a political appointee.
The court in its ruling refused the request and the Judge ordered him (CBN governor) to put the defendants- INEC and AGF- on notice and also serve court processes on them.
The Judge also ordered the defendants to appear before him on May 12 to show cause why the CBN governor’s request should not be granted.
Emefiele had asked the court to declare him qualified to contest for the presidential post.
Godwin Emefiele approaches court over presidential ambition, sues INEC over alleged plan to disqualify
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Godwin Emefiele, headed to a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek a constitutional interpretation of his non-resignation while pursuing his political interests.
The CBN governor also filed a suit before the court over the alleged plan to disqualify him from the 2023 presidential primaries.
Though his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, the CBN governor argued that he is not a political appointee and by provision of the constitution, he is expected to resign a month before the February 25, 2023, presidential election.