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Desperation: Delta State Court Blocks INEC, CBN from Stopping Emefiele’s 2023 Presidential Bid

  • Delta State High Court case already filed on May 5 before Monday’s Federal High Court Abuja case on the same issue

The Delta State High Court sitting in Kwale division has granted an order restraining the Board of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from stopping the CBN Governor, Godwin Emiefele from seeking the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Emefiele had gone to the State High Court to obtain a Court order to enable him to stay in office while contesting for the Presidency.

Sources said that the application was filed on May 5, 2022 and the judgement was granted on Thursday, May 12 in his favour.

Even with the case already filed, Emefiele had on Monday gone to the Federal High Court Abuja requesting the same restraining order on INEC and the and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) over the same Presidential ambition.

The CBN) Governor’s request was turned down. However, the Court directed INEC and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to appear on May 12 and show cause why a motion exparte filed by the CBN Governor should not be granted.

But in the Kwale Delta State High Court Judge, DC Maidoh, in a judgement secretly delivered on May 5 granted the order and adjourned the case to May 25.

“In the circumstances, in line with order 39 rule 3 of our rules, this motion is hereby granted. The motion on notice is accordingly adjourned to 25/5/2022 for hearing,” the judge said.

According to the Judge: “The court upon reading through the motion papers and hearing C.N. Ofiah Esq. for the claimants/applicants ordered as follows: I have read the processes in this suit, the applicant has complied with order 39 of our rules.

“Applicants also deposed to an affidavit of urgency. From the processes before this court, I find that the said application at this stage has merit pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“In the circumstances, in line with order 39 rule 3 of our rules, this motion is hereby granted. The motion on notice is accordingly adjourned to 25/5/2022 for hearing. The applicant is to enter undertaking if the order sought ought not to have been made.”

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