CBN governor to seek court’s intervention over presidential ambition
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, had headed to a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek a constitutional interpretation on the propriety of his involvement in politics while still heading the apex bank.
Emefiele has been rumoured to be eyeing the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as clandestine groups have been agitating for him to contest.
The Punch reported that the CBN governor had reached out to a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Dr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), to seek interpretation of the constitution and public service rules on public servants seeking elective positions while in office.
The medium quoted a highly placed source in the CBN to have said “Emefiele has just briefed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) as his lawyer. He has just filed a case in court and is coming up tomorrow (today, Monday).”
Although the details of the suit were still sketchy, another source in the APC said Ozekhome was taking up the matter “for certain constitutional interpretations.”
Three interest groups – the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Friends of Emefiele and Emefiele Support Group – last week paid N100m for the APC presidential expression of interest and nominations forms for Emefiele.
But the CBN governor, in a tweet on Saturday, said he was still waiting for God’s direction, adding that he would purchase the N100m forms himself if he entered the presidential race.
He said that he would continue to serve the country in his capacity as CBN governor until he received divine counsel to contest for a higher office.
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