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Emefiele: Let Nigerians Have Heart Attack, I’m Having Fun

Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) believes the whole commotion around his 2023 aspiration is amusing to him.

After a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, Emefiele said this in response to questioning from State House media.

When questioned about his reaction to reports that the President had asked him to quit following the purchase of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidacy and expression of interest forms, Emefiele said: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me. I said there is no news but there will be news.”

When warned that Nigerians were concerned about his situation, however, he responded: “Let them have heart attack. It’s good to have heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”

Since the ruling APC picked expressions of interest and nomination forms on his behalf, the governor of the apex bank has been under immense criticism, with many calling for him to resign.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has asked Buhari to remove Emefiele if he refused to step aside, calling his interest in the presidency in 2023 “a joke taken too far.”

However, in a series of tweets following the development, Emefiele declined the presidential forms that had been purchased for him, indicating that if he is interested in the race, he will purchase them himself.

He said God would decide for him “in the next few days”.

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But, earlier this week, a petition was brought in Abuja’s Federal High Court over the claimed intention to disqualify him from the 2023 presidential primaries, which are set to take place at the end of this month.

Political parties have until June 3 to submit their candidates for the 2023 elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, some lawyers believed that Emefiele was unfit to run.

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, according to the law.

However, in documents obtained by Daily Trust, Emefiele contended that he is not a political appointee and that he is required by the constitution to quit a month before the presidential election on February 25, 2023.

He further claimed that section 12 (8) of the Electoral Act had been declared invalid by a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State.

The complaint was joined by INEC and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

Buhari had ordered political appointees wishing to run in the 2023 elections to quit on Wednesday.

‘Ministers, heads of government agencies, diplomats, and other officials with political ambitions to quit’ was copied in the circular.

Three of the nine ministers hoping to run in the 2023 elections resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday.

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Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) believes the whole commotion around his 2023 aspiration is amusing to him.

After a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, Emefiele said this in response to questioning from State House media.

When questioned about his reaction to reports that the President had asked him to quit following the purchase of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidacy and expression of interest forms, Emefiele said: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me. I said there is no news but there will be news.”

When warned that Nigerians were concerned about his situation, however, he responded: “Let them have heart attack. It’s good to have heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”

Since the ruling APC picked expressions of interest and nomination forms on his behalf, the governor of the apex bank has been under immense criticism, with many calling for him to resign.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has asked Buhari to remove Emefiele if he refused to step aside, calling his interest in the presidency in 2023 “a joke taken too far.”

However, in a series of tweets following the development, Emefiele declined the presidential forms that had been purchased for him, indicating that if he is interested in the race, he will purchase them himself.

He said God would decide for him “in the next few days”.

READ MORE: Muslim Mob Lynches Christian Student For Alleged Blasphemy In Sokoto

But, earlier this week, a petition was brought in Abuja’s Federal High Court over the claimed intention to disqualify him from the 2023 presidential primaries, which are set to take place at the end of this month.

Political parties have until June 3 to submit their candidates for the 2023 elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, some lawyers believed that Emefiele was unfit to run.

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, according to the law.

However, in documents obtained by Daily Trust, Emefiele contended that he is not a political appointee and that he is required by the constitution to quit a month before the presidential election on February 25, 2023.

He further claimed that section 12 (8) of the Electoral Act had been declared invalid by a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State.

The complaint was joined by INEC and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

Buhari had ordered political appointees wishing to run in the 2023 elections to quit on Wednesday.

‘Ministers, heads of government agencies, diplomats, and other officials with political ambitions to quit’ was copied in the circular.

Three of the nine ministers hoping to run in the 2023 elections resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday.

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