2023: Emefiele withdraws suit seeking eligibility to contest presidential election


The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has withdrawn his lawsuit seeking an order to run for president without resigning from the apex bank.

At the court on Monday, counsel to Emefiele, S.T. Maliki, told the presiding judge, Ahmed Mohammed, that the motion to withdraw the suit was filed on May 16, adding that he has been asked by his client to withdraw the suit.

“Pursuant to the instruction of the plaintiff (Emefiele), we filed a notice of discontinuance dated and filed May 16, 2022.”

“And the said notice of discontinuance was served on all the defendants on that said date of May 16, 2022, which proof of service is before your lordship.”

Emefiele had, in a suit filed on May 5, asked the court to declare him eligible to contest the presidential election. The suit was filed two days before the CBN governor said he had not made up his mind to run for office of the president.

In his ruling, the presiding judge held that Emefiele had the right to file the notice of withdrawal.

The judge also said the notice of discontinuance was valid and accordingly struck out.

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