Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has filed a lawsuit in a Federal High Court in Abuja over a rumoured plot to exclude him from the 2023 Presidential primaries scheduled at the end of this month.
INEC has set June 3 as the deadline for political parties to nominate candidates for the 2023 elections.
On Friday, Shauntv reported that several parties have acquired the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination and expression of interest forms for Emefiele.
This has prompted indignation and calls for the CBN governor’s resignation.
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who branded Emefiele’s ambition in the 2023 Presidency as “a joke taken too far,” urged President Muhammadu Buhari to dismiss him if he refused to step aside.
According to Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, lawyers and critics had contended that Emefiele was ineligible to run.
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 nominating candidates for any election, as stated in this section.
But in documents seen by Shauntv, Godwin Emefiele, through his attorney Mike Ozekhome, contended that he is essentially a public servant and is required to quit a month before the presidential election on February 25, 2023, per the constitution.
In addition, he asserted that a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, had declared this part of the Electoral Act null and void.
INEC and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) were joined as defendants in the lawsuit.
Saturday, Emefiele denied the donated presidential nomination forms, stating that he would use his own funds to acquire them if he ran for office.
Regarding the 2023 presidency, Emefiele stated that God would make a decision for him “in the coming days.”