The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has withdrawn the suit he filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation over his Presidential ambition.
Mr. Emefiele, through his Counsel, S.T. Maliki, told Justice Ahmed Mohammed that a notice of discontinuance had been filed and served on the defendants in the matter.
Maliki, who held the brief of Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, said though the matter was scheduled for mention, they had Emefiele’s instruction to withdraw the suit.
The Lawyer said of all the defendants, only the 4th and 5th defendants filed a counter-affidavit in response to the Plaintiff’s amended originating summons after the notice of withdrawal had been served on them.
Although Lawyer to the 4th Defendant, John Aikpokpo-Martins opposed Mr. Emefiele’s intention to withdraw the suit, he urged the Court to dismiss the suit with N1.5 million cost, while Counsel for the 2nd and 3rd defendants, Chris Nevo and T. J. Adi respectively did not object to the withdrawal notice, but Nevo asked the Court to award a ₦1 million cost against Emefiele.
In his ruling, Justice Mohammed held that the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele had the right to file the notice of withdrawal, saying that the notice of discontinuance was valid and accordingly struck out.