Why I won’t resign now, CBN gov tells court

AHEAD of the 2023 presidential election, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday  approached the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of plotting to disqualify him from contesting.

Emefiele, in the suit he filed through his team of lawyers, led by Mike Ozekhome, SAN, told the court that both INEC and the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, are “making frantic efforts” to ensure that he does not participate in the presidential primaries he said has been scheduled for May 30 and June 1.

Consequently, he prayed the court to order INEC and the AGF to maintain status quo ante bellum (allow things to remain the way they are) and not compel him to resign from his position as CBN Governor, until 30 days to the general elections.

He urged the court to, in the interim, restrain the two defendants from taking any step that could push him out of office, pending the determination of the suit. “My lord, by Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the timeline for collecting the form for expression of interest will expire.

“The timeline for the congresses and conventions of the political parties for the presidential election, which he is interested in, comes up on the 30th of May. “This motion, is therefore, seeking that the court should grant an order for maintenance of status quo.

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