The governor of the Nigerian central bank, Godwin Emefiele, has approached a federal high court in Abuja to seek a constitutional interpretation of his non-resignation while pursuing his political interests.< p class="align-left">SaharaReporters had uncovered in several reports how Emefiele was making plans and mobilizing funds to fulfill his presidential ambitions.
Since last Friday, The Apex Bank governor has been the subject of public criticism after N100 million expressions of interest and nomination forms from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) were purchased on his behalf.
But on Saturday thanked Emefiele on his Twitter handle at those who bought the forms for him and said he would use his personal resources to source the forms if he decided to apply eten.
” I’m honored by the growing interest from those asking that I run for President in the 2023 general election: I’m not to that one yet Decision made.
“I recognize and applaud the sacrifices of these peasants and patriots who go so far as to collect personal donations and offer me forms for running for President: I thank them very much extensively.
“However, should I take your calls and decide to run for President, I will use my own hard-earned savings from over 35 years of leadership in the banking sector to buy my own.” No proxy nomination forms in an open and transparent manner in full compliance with the laws and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And should I not be a candidate? In my elected office, I will continue to serve and sacrifice for the good people of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is a serious decision that requires God’s divine intervention: Thus will Almighty rule in the days to come,” he had tweeted. The governor had approached a constitutional attorney and human rights activist, Dr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN) to solicit interpretation of the Constitution and civil service regulations for government employees seeking elected office during their tenure.
A senior source in the CBN told The PUNCH the case was scheduled for today (Monday).
He said, “Emefiele has just informed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) as his attorney. He has just filed a case in court and is appearing tomorrow (today, Monday).”
Several attempts by journalists to get the relief requested by Emefiele from the source proved turned out to be failed. Although details of the lawsuit were sketchy as of Monday night, another source in the APC said Ozekhome is taking up the matter “for certain constitutional interpretations” Mr. Nduka Erikpume, of Township 6 in Ika South Municipality of Delta State, told The PUNCH on Sunday, that the CBN governor has registered as an APC member since February 2021.
When asked if Emefiele had registered in the APC, Erikpume said, “Yes, he has registered since February 2021. He is our member.”