Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
GOVERNOR of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, says he doesn’t do politics, urging those accusing him of working against president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to prove him wrong.
Stonix News reports that towards the build-up to the political party primaries in May 2022, Governor Emefiele reportedly picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination and expression of interest form, costing him N100 million.
It will be recalled that when a leader of the Emefiele Mobilisation Team, Attah Jacob, was contacted in a telephone chat with PUNCH correspondent, he simply said, “Glory to God.”
His political move was an affront to Section 9 of the CBN Act, 2007, which reads, among others, that: “The Governor and the Deputy Governors shall devote the whole of their time to the service of the bank and while holding office shall not engage in any full or part-time employment or vocation whether remunerated or not except such personal or charitable causes as may be determined by the Board and which do not conflict with or detract from their full-time duties…”
Debunking working against Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday, Emefiele, via the CBN Ag. Director, Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, in a statement, insisted he was launching no fresh plot against Tinubu.
A viral news has indicated that the CBN governor has made a certain amount of money to the Lagos State Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour ahead of the Saturday March 18 governorship and House of Assembly elections.
The statement reads:
EMEFIELE DEBUNKS FAKE NEWS Titled: “Emefiele launches fresh plot against President-elect Tinubu”
The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a story published in The Nation newspaper of Monday, March 13, 2023 edition, alleging that the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has launched a “fresh plot against President-elect”.
The aforementioned story went further to allege that the Governor has made a certain amount of money available to a candidate ahead of the March 18, 2023, gubernatorial poll.
We wish to inform members of the public that this story is completely false and malicious as the CBN Governor does not know and has never met or even spoken with Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, either in person or through a proxy.
We wish to reiterate that the CBN Governor does not take part in politics and therefore urge anyone with contrary information to prove the Governor wrong by providing any facts.
As such, the Governor and his team at the CBN should be allowed to focus on their assigned job with a view to achieving the statutory mandate of the Bank.