•CBN Gov has right to contest — Group
Following the purchase of presidential nomination form for the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, by a group of farmers, the apex bank head has said the development didn’t imply that he has joined the presidential race.
He, however, said the question of whether he would run for the exalted office, would be answered by God in the next few days.
The farmers, under the auspices of Commodity Associations in Nigeria, purchased the form for Emefiele last Wednesday in Abuja, creating the impression that the CBN has formally thrown his hat into the ring.
Responding to the development on his Twitter handle, Emefiele said running for president requires divine intervention.
He said: “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.
“However, should I answer their calls and decide to seek presidential nomination, I will use my hard-earned savings from over 35 years of banking leadership to buy my 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 leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.