Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has withdrawn the suit he filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation over his interest in the 2023 presidential election.
Emefiele announced his withdrawal through his counsel, Sylvanus Maliki.
Maliki who informed Justice Ahmed Mohammed that a notice of discontinuance had been filed and served on the defendants in the matter said Emefiele gave instruction to withdraw the suit.
Maliki, who stood in place for the lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) prayed the court to discontinue the suit and make an order striking it out as they were not joined by parties in the suits, citing Order 50 of the rules of this court.
Although counsel to the fourth defendant, John Aikpokpo-Martins, opposed Emefiele’s withdrawal of the suit, he urged the court to dismiss the suit with N1.5 million cost.
Justice Mohammed in his ruling held that Emefiele had the right to file the notice of withdrawal, thereby adding that the notice of discontinuance was valid.
Emefiele sued INEC, AGF and three others on May 9 before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the enforcement of his right to contest the 2023 presidential election without resigning from his current position which he argued is in line with the constitution.