2023: Court bars Emefiele from running for president without resigning as CBN governor

A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, from preventing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, from pursuing his presidential ambition while leading the apex bank.

Emefiele had in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 and filed on May 5 asked the court to declare him eligible to participate in the 2023 presidential election.

In the suit filed through Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), he is praying for a declaration that he is not bound to resign to participate in a primary election to select a presidential candidate.

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The CBN Governor is the sole plaintiff in the suit, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation as respondents.

He also prayed the court to determine whether Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022 is not inconsistent with Section 137 (1)(G) of the 1999 Constitution.

The suit was filed two days before the CBN governor said he had not made up his mind to run for the office of the president.

Three support groups purportedly bought him the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form worth N100 million.



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