Ekiti joins states suing FG over naira crisis

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The Ekiti State government has applied to be joined as a co-plaintiff in a suit against the Federal Government at the Supreme Court over the naira redesign policy and the deadline by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The application for joinder was filed on Friday at the Supreme Court by the Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dayo Apata, seeking three reliefs.

The suit, with the number SC/CV/162/2023, had Attorneys General of Kaduna State, Kogi State and Zamfara State as plaintiffs, while the Attorney General of the Federation was the defendant.

The reliefs sought by the Attorney General of Ekiti included leave of the court to join the applicants as a co-plaintiff.

Some of the grounds for the application included an acute shortage in the supply of naira notes in the state since the announcement of the policy by the Federal Government through the CBN.

The applicant, declared that the Federal Government’s directive had affected the livelihood and inflicted excruciating pain and hardship on all Nigerians, including citizens of the Ekiti State.

The state government equally averred that the Federal Government’s directive had adversely affected the revenue, levies and taxes accruable to the coffers of the Ekiti State government as economic activities in the state were now paralysed.

The state further averred that the Federal Government’s directive on the naira redesign had also created palpable anxiety among its citizens.

Another ground was that Ekiti, as a federating state of Nigeria, therefore, was interested in determining the originating summons in the suit, earlier filed by the three states in the federation.

Ekiti government said having a common interest as other plaintiffs, and also in the outcome of the suit, sought the leave of the court to be joined as a co-plaintiff to be bound by the outcome of the suit.

It stated that no injustice or embarrassment would be occasioned to any of the parties on record, if joined, as a co-plaintiff to ventilate the grievances of Ekiti.

“The sole issue formulated for determination is whether the applicant has made a case for the court to favourably consider the application.

“This was supported by an argument that the court had always been of the position that anyone whose presence is crucial and fundamental to a suit must be made a party to the proceeding,. it said.”


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