Drama As 2 PDP Governors Seek Joinder In Naira Swap Case 

Two Governors elected under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, have sought to be joined in the case before the Supreme Court on the Naira swap policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. 

The two Governors made a surprise appearance at the resumed hearing of the case by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Diri and Obaseki are seeking to be joined as Respondents with the Federal Government in the case brought by the Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara States Governments.

The suit has the CBN and the Federal Government as respondents.

Justice John Inyang Okoro is leading a Seven-Man Panel of the apex court to hear the suit.

Bayelsa and Edo, through Mr Damian Dodo, SAN, moved their application for joinder as respondents and was granted by Justice John Okoro following no objection on the issue.

Justice Okoro directed the Federal Government, Edo and Bayelsa to amend their statements of defense to reflect the new position of the case.

However, six other states, Lagos, Cross River, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo and Sokoto joined their counterparts, Kaduna, Kogi, and Zamfara in the legal battle against the Federal Government.

The six States in their respective motions for joinder pitched their tents with the three aggrieved States that initially ignited the legal battle.

Their joinder motion was moved by Mr Samuel Ologunorisa, SAN, and was granted by Justice John Okoro who presided over the matter.

The Court also directed the plaintiffs to amend their originating summons to reflect the name of the six fresh plaintiffs.

The Supreme Court had on February 8, 2023 adjourned till today, ruling that the deadline for the swapping of old naira notes for new ones be put on hold.

The case has been adjourned to February 22 for hearing. 


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