Court Orders CBN & INEC Not To Block Godwin Emefiele From Running For Office
Emefiele is running for President in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, or APC.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have been ordered to block the bank’s governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, from contesting the 2023 Presidential election by a Delta State High Court sitting in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.
Emefiele is running for president in 2023 on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, or APC.
In the case HCR/38/2022, the petitioner, Nkwo Augustine Eddiego, sought an interpretation and supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria above Section 9 of the CBN Act, 2007 as amended.
Justice D. C Maidoh granted the order, noting that the petitioner signed an affidavit of urgency and followed court rule order 39.
He believes the application has merit at this time, pending the outcome of the Motion on Notice hearing.
The governor and deputy governor of the central bank are prohibited from pursuing political office under Section 9 of the CBN Act.
The Electoral Act 2022, as well as the CBN Act, have put Emefiele’s presidential ambitions in jeopardy. Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has given legal grounds why the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is not qualified to run for President in 2023.
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