Nigerians Can Have Heart Attacks, Emefiele Is Having Fun
Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says he is enjoying the drama surrounding his 2023 goal.
Emefiele stated this in response to State House reporters’ questions following a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.
When asked about his reaction to reports that the President had asked him to resign following the purchase of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination and expression of interest forms, Emefiele said, “There is no news now, but there will be news.” I told you there was no news, but there will be news.”
When told that Nigerians were concerned about his position, he responded, “Let them have a heart attack.” It’s beneficial to have a heart attack. I’m having a great time.”
The governor of the central bank has been under intense pressure since the ruling APC chose expressions of interest and nomination forms on his behalf, sparking outrage and calls for him to resign.
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who described Emefiele’s interest in the presidency in 2023 as “a joke taken too far,” asked Buhari to fire him if he refused to step down.
However, in a series of tweets following the development, Emefiele declined the presidential forms purchased for him, saying he would purchase them himself if he is interested in running.
He stated that God would make the decision for him “in the coming days.”
But, earlier this week, a suit was filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja over the alleged plan to disqualify him from the 2023 presidential primaries, which are scheduled for the end of this month.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set a June 3 deadline for political parties to submit their candidates for the 2023 elections.
According to Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, some lawyers argued that Emefiele was unfit to run.
The section states that no political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at any political party’s Convention or Congress for the purpose of nominating candidates for any election.
However, in documents obtained by InfoGong, Emefiele argued that he is not a political appointee and that he is required by the constitution to resign a month before the presidential election on February 25, 2023.
He also claimed that a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, had declared section 12 (8) of the Electoral Act unconstitutional.
The suit was joined by INEC and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).
Buhari ordered the resignation of political appointees seeking to run in the 2023 elections on Wednesday.
The circular, titled ‘Ministers, heads of government agencies, ambassadors, and other appointees with political ambitions to resign,’ was copied to the CBN governor.
Three of the nine ministers who want to run in the 2023 elections resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday.
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