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CBN Gov Emefiele says he is having fun while others having heart attacks

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele on Thursday said he was not worried over outrage over speculation on his presidential ambition, saying he is having a lot of fun while others are having heart attacks.

Emefiele who spoke with journalists after a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari at the state house, noted that he will soon have news for the public.

“There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news,” he said.

On if he was bothered about the speculations generated over if he would contest the presidency, Emefiele said: “Let them have heart attack; it’s good to have a heart attack; I am having a lot of fun.”

He, however, declined to comment on whether he intended to resign his position or not.

Three support groups recently purchased the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him.

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The CBN governor had, however, said he would purchase the form himself if he decides to contest.

Following his reaction, there have been calls for his resignation, but the CBN governor later filed a case at the federal high court in Abuja, asking for a ruling allowing him to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

The matter is yet to be decided.

On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a memo addressed to heads of agencies and parastatals — including the CBN — directed all appointees interested in contesting in the general election, to resign.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Thursday directed the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, ambassadors, heads of agencies, and other government appointees with political ambition to step down.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the directive affected the CBN Governor who is among the heads of extra-ministerial departments.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all Ministers, Heads, and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices,” read the circular issued hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s ordered members of the cabinet seeking offices in next year’s poll to resign.

 

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