Akeredolu demands immediate resignation of Emefiele, says Presidential ambition, a joke taken too far

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Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has demanded for the immediate resignation of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele for picking All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential nomination forms
A coalition, comprising Rice Farmers Association, Emefiele Support Group and Friends of Godwin had on Friday picked the nomination forms for the CBN governor, even though he has not publicly declared his intention.
However, in a statement on Friday, the Ondo state governor said news of the purported purchase of the form for the CBN governor by his supporters was “received with palpable disbelief and shock by many Nigerians”.
He noted that rumours had been rife on the subterranean partisan activities linked to Emefiele through shadowy characters in the recent time, warning that if such act portends great danger to the fragile economy of the country if left unchecked.
He said pictures of branded vehicles, ostensibly purchased for electioneering campaigns, were also posted on the social media.
According to the governor, the audacious moves by those who claimed to be supporting the interest of the CBN governor have been unsettling.
Akeredolu said news of the purchase of the nomination form has confirmed that the CBN governor may indeed be interested in immersing himself in the murky waters of politics like any other Nigerian with partisan interests.
He therefore, called for the immediately resignation of Emefiele for him to pursue his interest as he cannot combine partisan politics with the very delicate assignment of his office.
The statement titled: “The CBN governor must disengage forthwith”, reads:
“The news of the purchase of Declaration of Intent and Nomination Forms to contest for the office of the President in the forthcoming general elections, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, purportedly by the supporters of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has been received with palpable disbelief and shock by many Nigerians.
“This act, if unchecked, timeously, portends great danger to the fragile economy of the country.
“Rumours had been rife on the subterranean partisan activities linked to him through these shadowy characters in the recent weeks.
“Pictures of branded vehicles, ostensibly purchased for
electioneering campaigns, were also posted on the social media. The audacious moves by those who claimed to be supporting this interest have been unsettling.
“This latest news confirms that the Governor may indeed be interested in immersing himself in the murky waters of politics like any other Nigerian with partisan interests.
“It is incontrovertible that Mr Emefiele enjoys a constitutionally protected right to belong to any group or association and participate fully, just as any Nigerian.
“It is, however, difficult to imagine that a person who
occupies the exalted and sensitive office of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria will be this brazen in actualizing his ambition.
“There is no gain asserting the obvious. The combined effect of the Public Service Rules, CBN Act and the 1999 Constitution, as amended, exposes not only the oddity inherent in this brash
exercise of presumed right to associate.
“It also confirms the illegality of the act should he proceed to submit the forms while occupying the seat as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
“Consequently, we admonish Mr Emefiele to leave the office, immediately, for him to pursue his interest.
“He cannot combine partisan politics with the very delicate assignment of his office.
Should he refuse to quit, it becomes incumbent on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to remove him forthwith. This is a joke taken too far.”

 

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