- There is uneasy calm in some states in Nigeria as the scarcity of naira notes bites harder a few days before the 2023 general elections
- In a fresh twist, a Southeast APC chieftain Dozie Ikedife says the naira redesign policy and the fuel scarcity are deliberate sabotage by the APC administration
- Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has appealed to Nigerians to shun any form of violence as the election approaches
The Southeast Zonal Organizing Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dozie Ikedife (Jnr), has said that the current naira note scarcity and fuel price hike are efforts by some individuals to sabotage the economy, discredit the APC government, and frustrate the presidential candidate of the party, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, February 16, in Nnewi, Anambra state, the APC chieftain lamented that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) came up with the policy when they had not prepared the infrastructure to support it.
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Legit.ng's regional reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon, quoted Ikedife as saying that the policy is a direct sabotage by some powerful individuals to favour a particular presidential candidate.
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"It is obvious that the current development in the country is a direct and deliberate sabotage on the economy of Nigeria and the APC presidential candidate. It is also a deliberate efforts by some powerful individuals to favour a particular candidate of their choice. Obviously, the policy is not initiated to favour the candidate of the APC; but he is still going to win the election.
"Our presidential candidate, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has been courageous to tell the truth even when it might affect him adversely. He said that the present development is a sabotage. And days after, the truth is gradually emerging. Because, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, also admitted that the apex bank has not been able to push enough notes into circulation.
"Again, Nigeria don't really experience fuel scarcity, because, you will find fuel in petrol stations; yet, the pump price is outrageous. This will tell you it is a deliberate sabotage. The APC presidential candidate, Tinubu, has also assured that those behind the sabotage will be name and unmasked soon."
Ikedife advises CBN
He advised the CBN that the naira swap policy should be implemented carefully so that the resultant outcome would not be punitive.
On the forthcoming presidential election, Ikedife urged Nigerians to be patient with the ruling APC and its presidential candidate, stating that Tinubu is on a mission to serve.
"Tinubu is a renowned democrat that will protect the interest of poor Nigerians. We know the true democrats. We know the people that will fight the course of the common man. Tinubu is also a man of great ideas. It is based on ideas that America went to the moon, and build computers and softwares.
"I don't want to support presidential candidates without ideas. I want to support a man who has the capacity to encourage people of ideas, and make the ideas come to fruition. I pray that when Nigerians will be going to the polls come February 25, they will remember that Tinubu is a man of courage, who can fight for the downtrodden, and who can fight for the poor, regardless of religion, background or language."
Lagosians run for safety as hoodlums take over Mile 12, shoot at passersby
The incident is happening less than 10 days before the general election in the state, and people in the area have been panicking.
Many eyewitnesses have taken to their social media pages to share videos of the unrest in the Lagos area with different captions.