Election: Emefiele asks court to declare him eligible to run for president

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has asked a federal high court in Abuja to declare him eligible to participate in the 2023 presidential election.

The apex bank boss on who had consistently denied nursing the ambition of becoming Nigerian President in 2023, picked N100,000,000 All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form on May 6, 2022.

This development was marked with public outcry as many believed a siting CBN governor cannot eye any pollical post unless he resign his appointment.

Emefiele in the suit filed before declaring his ambition to run for president asked the court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General of the Federation from stopping or precluding him from participating in the 2023 presidential election while retaining his position.

The suit which is marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 reads partly: “A DECLARATION that the Plaintiff can only be governed by or subject to the provisions of section 137(1) (g) and 318 of the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), which require a public officer seeking election into a political office to resign, withdraw or retire from his appointment at least 30 days to the presidential election, rather than by the provisions of section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022 or the guidelines, rules, criteria, measures or conditions made by the plaintiffs political party or any political party.”

“A DECLARATION that the Plaintiff can validly participate in the primary election of a political party and is entitled to vote and be voted for as candidate of any political party of his choice for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for the election to the office of President or any other office under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

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The suit which is marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 reads partly: “A DECLARATION that the Plaintiff can only be governed by or subject to the provisions of section 137(1) (g) and 318 of the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), which require a public officer seeking election into a political office to resign, withdraw or retire from his appointment at least 30 days to the presidential election, rather than by the provisions of section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022 or the guidelines, rules, criteria, measures or conditions made by the plaintiffs political party or any political party.”

 

“A DECLARATION that the Plaintiff can validly participate in the primary election of a political party and is entitled to vote and be voted for as candidate of any political party of his choice for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for the election to the office of President or any other office under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

 

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