Dr. Remi Olatubora (SAN) has threatened to galvanize Nigerians and civil society to institute not less than 1,000 legal cases against Emefiele. This is if he goes ahead with his 2023 presidential ambition.
Emefiele has clarified that he had not taken the decision to run for the Presidency in 2023. However, on Monday, his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 challenging the legality of Section 84(12) of the amended Electoral Act. This section will prevent Emefiele (a government appointee) from his aspiration to vie for the APC Presidential ticket.
Olatubora, a former Commissioner for Education in Ondo State during the administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, in an interview with The PUNCH said Emefiele’s lawyers should be prepared.
“If Emefiele, the governor of CBN who is entrusted with the public finance of Nigeria, who is the custodian of our foreign exchange, who is the chairman of the Bankers Committee could brazenly come out to tell members of the public that he is a member of APC and goes ahead to collect N100 million expression of interest form; if he submits that form, we will ensure that in the next 10 years, he will be jumping from one court to the other.
“We will inundate him with litigation, the kind that has never happened in the history of the legal profession in Nigeria.
“He should expect up to 1,000 cases and his lawyers should be prepared for a lot of job. He should expect up to 1,000 cases in different courts by different interests that his coming into politics will infract on their rights and it will be coordinated and we will ensure that in the next 10 years, he will be jumping from one court to the other.
Prof Kingsley Mogahalu described Emefiele’s actions as a breach of the CBN Act.
He accused Emefiele of using public office to attain his personal interest, urging Nigerians not to reward such an act.
Mogahalu, who is an aspirant under the African Democratic Congress, spoke while picking up the expression of interest form at the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.
“I weep for this nation with the development at the CBN. It is deeply wrong to play politics while in office. It is a violation of ethics, morals, and the law. What we are seeing is the privatization of public office for personal gains.”
“The CBN act is clear; Section (9) states that the CBN governor and his deputy should not engage in other employment or vocation. A vocation could take up your time; it may not be a job, it may not be something you could put your hands on, but something that you have your mind and heart in, apart from your duties.