CBN Governor Emefiele Finally Speaks as Group Buys APC Presidential Forms for Him, Reveals Next Step

CBN Governor Emefiele Finally Speaks as Group Buys APC Presidential Forms for Him, Reveals Next Step

  • CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said he has not decided whether or not he will contest for the APC's presidential ticket
  • Emefiele also thanked those who bought presidential nomination forms for him but noted he will buy the forms himself if he eventually decides to contest
  • The CBN governor noted that he will take the decision regarding the presidency in the next few days and prayed to God to direct him

FCT, Abuja - Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says he is yet to decide whether or not to join the 2023 presidential race.

Emefiele said this a day after a group purchased the presidential nomination forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for him.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, APC Presidential Forms
The governor of Nigeria's central bank said he has not decided whether or not to join 2023 presidential race. Photo credit: Central Bank of Nigeria
Source: Facebook

He said this in a statement sighted by on his verified Twitter page on Saturday, May 7.

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While thanking the "farmers and patriots" who bought the forms for him, Emefiele said he will use his "own hard earned savings" to buy the nomination forms should he decide to contest.

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The CBN governor also said he will comply with the laws and constitution of Nigeria if he decides to join the presidential race.

He said the decision on whether or not to run for president which he will take in the next few days requires God's intervention.

Read his statement below:

"I am humbled by the growing interest of those asking that I run for the Office of President in the 2023 general elections: I have not come to that decision.
"I note and salute the sacrifices of those farmers and patriots going as far as raising personal funds and offering me Presidential Nomination Forms: I thank them most profusely.

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"However, Should I answer their calls and decide to seek presidential nomination, I will use my own hard earned savings from over 35 years of banking leadership to buy my own Nomination Forms without proxies in an open and transparent manner in full compliance with the laws and Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"And should I not run for elected office, I will continue to serve and sacrifice for the good people of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
"This is a serious decision that requires God’s Divine intervention: in the next few days The Almighty will so direct."

2023 presidency: Emefiele must resign immediately, Akeredolu declares

Meanwhile, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, has asked Emefiele to resign his position if he wants to contest the presidency.

Akeredolu, in a statement he personally signed on Friday, May 6, said Emefiele’s purported action, “if unchecked timeously portends great danger to the fragile economy of the country.”

According to him, Emefiele cannot participate actively in partisan politics and also hold the position of CBN governor.


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