A Federal High Court in Abuja has declined the request byCentral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to restrain 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.
In a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 and filed byhis lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, Emefiele challenged the legality of Section 84(12) of the amended Electoral Act to prevent him from contesting in the next presidential election.
In the suit filed this morning, Ozekhome (SAN) moved that in view of the urgency of the case, the court should direct all relevant authorities to maintain status quo ante bellum (allow things to remain the way they were before the suit was filed) pending the determination of the suit.
“ByWednesday, 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 byEmefiele’s lawyer. Instead, Justice Mohammed ordered that the defendants be put on notice of the motion for them to respond byshowing cause why the prayers sought bythe plaintiff should not be granted.
“Having listened to the learned senior advocate and having read the affidavit in support, an order is heremade 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 bythis court.
An order is made to serve the court processes on the defendants.”the judge said