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2023: PDP calls for arrest, investigation of CBN governor over alleged presidential ambition

Abuja—The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday called for the immediate arrest and investigation of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Godwin Emefiele, for violating public service rules following his alleged purchase of the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form to contest in the party’s presidential primary.

According to reports by Punch newspaper, the PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, made the call during a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

It was earlier reported that a group of farmers and businesspersons purchased the N100m presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for the CBN Chief.

However, according to Ologunagba, “Our party received intelligence that the CBN governor is being promoted by the presidency. The CBN Act 2007 section 9 says the Governor and Deputy Governor shall devote the entirety of their time to the bank and shall not engage in part-time employment whether with remuneration or not.

“The CBN is a critical organ of the state and with this development, the CBN governor can no longer continue to operate in his current capacity.

“Emefiele has become a present danger to the nation’s financial sector as his presence in the race will deter investors and diminish the confidence of foreign investors in the Nigerian economy.

“We, therefore, demand the immediate arrest and investigation of Mr. Emefiele for alleged financial malfeasance and use of state resources to fund his ambition.”

Meanwhile, the CBN governor, in a tweet, denied his involvement in the presidential race, saying he was yet to decide.

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