Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, says he is yet to make up his mind whether or not to run for president in 2023.
Recall that a supposed group of farmers, under the aegis of a coalition of commodity associations in Nigeria, had on Friday, purchased the All Progressives Congress’ N100m presidential expression of interest and nomination forms for Emefiele.
This prompted widespread criticism, with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the apex bank’s boss.
But in a series of tweets on Saturday, Emefiele said he would purchase the party’s N100m presidential forms with his hard-earned savings should he ultimately join the race.
He, however, said he has not come to that decision yet.
He wrote, “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 fund 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 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 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”.