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Nigeria’s Apex Bank Governor, Emefiele, is an employee, not eligible to contest — Adegboruwa (SAN)

.... demanded his resignation before contesting

The Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, is ineligible to contest for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) has said.

“So long as Emefiele earns salary as CBN employee, he should not dream of contesting election while still holding on to his office.

“It is an insult to our collective psyche as a people,” he said in a statement entitled, “THE COMEDY OF EMEFIELE’S CASE”.

He accused Emefiele of compromising the integrity of the country’s electoral process by being the custodian of sensitive election materials while doubling both as governor and politician.

“Sensitive election materials are always kept in CBN offices nationwide by INEC, unknown to Nigerians that Emefiele as Governor of CBN had been a politician all his life.

“By the decision of the Supreme Court in Akinlade v INEC, there is no competent suit filed by Mr. Emefiele pending before the court for adjudication.

“The affidavit in support of the Originating Summons and indeed the Affidavit of urgency, were both deposed to by counsel on his behalf, in flagrant violation of Rule 20 of RPC.

“An Originating Summons cannot be determined in the Federal High Court without a competent affidavit in support thereof.

“By his status, Emefiele is an employee of the CBN. Any case to determine his status or eligibility should be filed at the National Industrial Court,” Adegboruwa stated.

He added:”The political party that owns the presidential ticket that Emefiele wants to grab is not a party in his court case, contrary to extant laws and practice.

“I urge the Nigerian Bar Association, Election Situation Room, SERAP and other civil society organizations to apply to court to join EMEFIELE’S case and put an end to this joke.”

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