Court dismisses restraining order against sacking Emefiele over 2023 presidency

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

A Delta State High Court sitting in Kwale has discharged an order restraining the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria from initiating a process to remove its governor, Godwin Emefiele, over his ambition to run for president next year.

Justice Daniel Maidoh granted the order following an application filed by one Nkwo Eddiego. He listed the defendants as the board of CBN and INEC.

In the enrollment order, the applicant sought an interpretation and supremacy of the constitution over the provision of section 9 of the CBN Act 2007, as amended.

The court held that the applicant complied with Order 39 of court rules and that the applicant also deposed to an affidavit of urgency.

The case was then adjourned for hearing to May 25.

Emefiele, meanwhile, has withdrawn his presidential bid, preferring to continue as CBN governor.