The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has said that he has not made a decision on running for the presidency.
He made this known in a series of tweets on Saturday.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
The statement comes hours after a group purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form for him.
This had led to criticism from several Nigerians who called on the apex bank boss to resign, while others called on President Buhari to remove him.
Some of those who called for his removal include Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Second Republic Secretary to Lagos State Government Olorunfunmi Basorun.