The Central Bank Governor, Chief Godwin Emefiele has turned down the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Nomination Form offered to him by some rice farmers in the country ahead of the party presidential primaries.
In a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle, the apex bank governor said he was humbled by the growing interest of those asking him to run for the Office of President in the 2023 general elections.
The Delta State-born banker said however that he has not come to the decision (to run for president of the country). He stated further that whenever he decided to see nomination, he would use his hard-earned savings from over 35 years of banking leadership to buy his form.
“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 own hard-earned savings from over 35 years of banking leadership to buy my own nomination forms without proxies, openly and transparently 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 apex bank governor had come under severe criticism in the last few hours by some Nigerians who queried the morality of the action of the farmers. Some, in fact, insinuated that the farmers were mere subterfuge used by Mr Emefiele to paint a picture of acceptance and also create an alibi for an otherwise reprehensible action.