Court refuses Emefiele’s request for restraining order against INEC, AGF


On Monday, a Federal High Court in Abuja refused to grant a restraining order sought by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, in relation to his presidential ambition.

Emefiele has moved for a status quo ante Bellum order against INEC and AGF through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome SAN so that he would not be forced to retire from office until 30 days before the general election.

Emefiele denied being a political appointee in an ex-parte motion filed on Monday, claiming that he is a public worker not covered by Section 84 (12) of the new Electoral Act 2022.

The CBN governor asked the court to invoke Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution to bar the defendants from asking him to vacate office until 30 days before the February 2023 Presidential election.

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Emefiele expressed apprehension that the sale and submission of the Presidential nomination form would expire on Wednesday and that unless the INEC and AGF are ordered to maintain status antebellum as of May 5 when he filed the suit, he would be made to vacate office before his form would be accepted by the appropriate authority.

However, in a brief ruling, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed turned down the request for the order.

Instead, the judge ordered him to put the defendants on notice and also serve court processes on the defendants.

Justice Mohammed ordered the defendants to appear before him on May 12 and show cause on why the request should not be granted.