A Federal High Court on Monday rejected a request seeking an expedited decision on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, whether to or not to run for president without resigning his current position as the governor of Nigeria’s central bank.
Mr Emefiele approached the court on Monday through his counsel Mike Ozekhome, arguing that he will suffer “irreparable damage” unless immediately granted a leave to engage in partisan politics while in office as the head of the country’s financial sector regulator.
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.
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He also prayed to 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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Part of the grounds of the application reads: “That the plaintiff has aspiration to seek election to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and participate as a candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.
However, the matter was adjourned till May 12 for the electoral office INEC and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami to file their respective responses to Mr Emefiele.