Godwin Emefiele's request for a restraining order against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on his presidential ambition has been rejected by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
The CBN Governor, through his counsel Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had applied for an order of status quo ante bellum to be made against INEC and the AGF so that he would not be made to resign from office until 30 days to the general election.
Speaking in an ex-parte application on Monday, stated that he was not a political appointee but a public servant not caught by Section 84 (12) of the new Electoral Act 2022.
Emefiele asked the court to invoke Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution to stop the defendants from asking him to vacate office until 30 days to the February 2023 Presidential election.
According to reports, the CBN Governor expressed concern that the sale and submission of the Presidential nomination form would expire on Wednesday and that unless the INEC and the AGF are ordered to maintain status ante bellum 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.
Giving his ruling, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed refused the request and ordered Emefiele to put the defendants on notice and also serve court processes on the defendants.
Mohammed ordered that the defendants appear before him n May 12 and show cause on why the request should not be granted.
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