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Presidential ambition: Legal experts speak on court refusal to grant Emefiele’s request

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has put an end to speculations about his bid to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

This comes as a federal high court in Abuja has refused the request of the CBN boss, to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation from stopping him in the pursuit of his presidential bid.

Emefiele through his lawyer, Mike Oze-khome told the court that Section 84 subsection 12 of the Electoral Act as amended does not affect him, being a public servant and not a political appointee.

The court in its ruling, however, refused the request and summoned INEC, and AGF to appear before it on May 12, to show cause on why status quo should not be granted to the CBN Governor.

Earlier I spoke to Liborous Oshoma and Evans Ufelli, who are both legal practitioners. I began by asking them what their thoughts were on Emefiele’s request to be declared eligible to participate in the 2023 presidential election.




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