The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has acquired the N100,000,000 presidential form of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Emefiele becomes the 13th aspirant to acquire the form under the platfrom of APC, in a bid to become the candidate and possibly become the president of Nigeria in 2023.
He reportedly picked his form at the office of party’s organising secretary, at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
A leader of the Emefiele Mobilisation Team, Attah Jacob, who was called by PUNCH for his reaction simply replied by saying; “Glory to God.”
The CBN governor has been rumoured to be in the race for the APC ticket to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari since late 2021.
Emefiele has not refuted or confirmed the reports but said he was focusing on supporting the government’s efforts to strengthen the Nigerian economy.
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In a veiled reference to the ongoing campaign by Friends of Godwin Emefiele, a political group urging him to give the presidency a shot, and other associations mounting pressure on him, Emefiele in March 2022 said he is more interested in helping President Muhammadu Buhari finish well.
“My focus at this time is a robust monetary policy and fighting inflation, which is now a global problem; building a strong financial system in an increasingly uncertain global economy, development finance and supporting farmers and manufacturers in our self-sufficiency and import substitution drive.
“Raising N15 trillion for InfraCo infrastructure financing, building a world-class International Financial Centre in Lagos, as well as support the @MBuhari administration to finish strong,” Emefiele tweeted.
The race for the APC presidential candidature is presently hot as 13 aspirants including Godwin Emefiele has now paid the N100m required of them to participate in the party’s primary.
Other candidates including; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, APC stalwart, Bola Tinubu, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba, Lagos pastor, Tunde Bakare, Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State, his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi, and Senator Rochas Okorocha.
Also, Governor Yahaya Bello; the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Ms Unu Onaneye, the only female and Nicholas Felix have all paid to participate in the APC presidential primary scheduled to hold between May 30 and June 1, 2022.
Among the 13 aspirants, the APC has recorded payment from just 1 woman named Uju Ohanenye who will also participate in the primaries.
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Others who have joined the race but have not purchased the form include Governor Ben Ayade, Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Orji Kalu, ex-Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, and Senate President Ken Nnamani.
Mr Yakubu Mohammed; Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim; Tien Jack-Rich; Tech Entrepreneur, Adamu Garba; Rev. Moses Ayom; Dr Ibrahim Bello-Dauda; and Ibinabo Dokubo are also expected to pick forms.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu has recently declared to run for president under the APC and is also expected to pick the form anytime soon.