Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria has filed a lawsuit seeking clarification as to whether or not he could remain in office while running for president.
The suit was filed on Monday at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court by Mr Emefiele’s lawyer Mike Ozekhome.
Mr Ozekhome confirmed the development to Eaglesforesight on Monday morning, saying: “I have just completed filing the suit on behalf of my client and we are still in court now.”
He is praying 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.
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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.
“That section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022 provides that: ‘No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election’.
“That the plaintiff verily believes that he is not affected by these provisions, as he is not a political appointee as envisaged by the above provisions of section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.
“That the Central Bank of Nigeria is entirely (100 per cent) owned by the Nigerian Federal Government, and therefore constitutes a government agency with the meaning and intendment of Section 318 of 1999 Constitution.”
The CBN governor has come under intense public pressure to step down from office should he be adamant to seek the presidency next year.
The CBN Act prohibits the governor from taking up any other assignment or vocational work.
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