The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele’s request to prevent the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) from taking any steps to prevent him from participating in the APC presidential primaries later this month was denied by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Emefiele contested the legitimacy of Section 84(12) of the modified Electoral Act, which prevents him from running in the next presidential election, in a suit filed by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome.
Ozekhome (SAN) requested that, given the urgency of the issue, the court direct all relevant authorities to maintain status quo ante bellum (leave things to continue as they were).
“By Wednesday, 11 May, 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 30 May. The motion is seeking that the court should grant an order for maintenance of status quo. Let my lord not allow anybody to do anything,” Ozekhome said
Delivering a ruling on his application, Justice Ahmed Mohammed declined to order the maintenance of the status quo as prayed by Emefiele’s lawyer. Instead, Justice Mohammed ordered that the defendants be put on notice of the motion for them to respond by showing cause why the prayers sought by the plaintiff should not be granted.
“Having listened to the learned senior advocate and having read the affidavit in support, an order is hereby made directing the defendants to appear on 12 May (12pm) and show cause why the motion ex-parte seeking maintenance of status quo should not be granted by this court.
An order is made to serve the court processes on the defendants.”the judge said