Campaign Posters Flood Major Cities As Push For Emefiele Presidency Heightens

Campaign Posters Flood Major Cities As Push For Emefiele Presidency Heightens

BY MUYIWA OYINLOLA

The push to drag the Governor of the nation’s apex bank, Central of Nigeria, CBN, Dr. Godwin Emefiele intensified last week as his campaign posters surfaced in major cities including Lagos and Abuja.

One of the posters reads: “We the people work to manifest…not as career politicians…Godwin Ifeanyichukwu Emefiele…Would you lead THE CHARGE 2023.

Emefiele is an Igbo man from Delta State, and in the calculation of some northern power brokers, his presidency will meet those agitating for a Nigerian president of South East extraction half way

Emefiele may be the latest presidential aspirant on the bloc if he yields to the call of his supporters.

There have been hush talks that Aso Rock grandees, including President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, may be considering Emefiele among several others for the top job.

Other nominees of the cabal include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, former President Goodluck Jonathan or a northerner in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Emefiele is not a known politician but there are indications he may pitch his tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to enable him realise his ambition.

According to reports, an Emefiele candidacy may douse the tension of the Igbo who have not produced a president or vice president since 1999.

In the estimation of some northern power brokers, this will meet the South East half way and douse the agitation for Igbo presidency.

An official of the CBN close to Emefiele said: “He has not made up his mind, but he is certainly moving in that direction.”

The report says Emefiele, being at the helm of the apex bank since 2014, supporters argued that as the most-senior political office-holder of Igbo origin at the federal level, Emefiele should be allowed to take the ruling party’s ticket in 2023.

Also, a coalition group under the auspicies of The Green Alliance, held a press conference on Saturday solely for the purpose of begging Emefiele to run for the presidency.

Addressing other supporters, Wale Fapohunda, who convened the group, lavished praises on the CBN governor and outlined reasons to encourage his candidacy.

“This forum has come together to come and plead and beg Godwin Emefiele to run as president of Nigeria in 2023.

“He introduced a multiple exchange rate regime to try to mask pressure on the Naira and avoid a series of devaluations. He has engineered bank policies and programmes that have supported job creation and fostered inclusive growth, in addition to key macroeconomic concerns such as inflation and exchange rate stability.

“He has come up with new strategies to navigate the Nigerian economy through hurdles such as the challenge of foreign exchange inflow, the exchange rate, the economic recession, stagflation, financial inclusion and the rise in the value chain of the majority of crops in Nigeria,” he added.

Other supporters have already coined ‘Meffy 2023’ as the campaign slogan for the treasury chief, adorned T-shirts and face caps bearing his picture.

Recall that last month, a coalition of civil and pressure groups in Lagos, The Green Alliance, TGA, also urged Emefiele to run for President in 2023.

The group said there was need for Nigeria to change the norm from core politicians to technocrats, hence the call for the CBN governor to join the presidential race.

Addressing newsmen at their inaugural meeting, Convener of TGA, Mr Wale Fapounda said the coalition was formed as a movement to coerce the CBN governor to run for president in 2023.

The TGA is made up of over 30 civil rights and pressure groups from across the nation, whose representatives attended the inaugural news briefing.

Fapounda said the CBN governor had come up with new strategies to navigate the Nigerian economy through hurdles such as, challenge of foreign exchange inflow, the exchange rate, recession, stagflation bans and financial inclusion among others.

“Emefiele has been at the fore of pushing for a diversification of Nigeria’s revenue base with emphasis on agriculture and growth of small businesses.”

He said the alliance, wished for the CBN governor to run, to continue with the growth and development of Nigeria.

Fapounda said that aside engineering bank policies and programmes that had supported job creation and fostered inclusive growth in Nigeria, Emefiele had also ensured stability of macro economic concerns like inflation and exchange rate.

“We have done a little research about him which is why we feel he is the best man for the job.
Emefiele was appointed by the PDP government but the Muhammadu Buhari led administration in its wisdom, retained him after his tenure, and that tells a lot about his capacity and managerial acumen.

“We want to move away from the norm of career politicians to a technocrat that has built a resilient financial system for Nigeria.

“We want Emefiele as president because he will be a bridge builder.”

He said Emefiele inspired the rice revolution that had led to a near zero importation of rice in Nigeria.

“Emefiele has pushed through measures that have halted importations and moved the nation’s agricultural sector to a greater height

He, however, urged Nigerians to ensure they obtained their PVCs to enable them participate actively in the 2023 general elections through their votes.

Earlier In his opening remarks, co-founder of TGA, Mr Valentine Gabriel, said the Lagos outing, which was the first for the group, would be taken round the nation.

“We intend to hold seminars, workshops across the nation yo enlighten Nigerians on the need to support the CBN governor, ” he said.

Also speaking, Ms Angela Ajufo, Representative of Asaba (Delta) Women Association of Nigeria and women in politics, said the women were desperately in need of change and looking for progress and peace.

She said the women were at the event to give their entire support to Emefiele to run.

“We also have members of the Women in Politics Forum in our midst who are also here to declare support for the CBN governor,” she said.

Mr Akin Osomo, representative of the Youth Alliance for Good Governance said: “We believe there is need to divert from the norm of a politician to a technocrat to handle the affairs of the nation.

“We believe Emefiele will handle the nation’s economy as well as he handled the CBN activities.

“He has an in depth knowledge of the economy and global economic growth and he is a detribalised Nigerian.

“His achievements in CBN are numerous and are not quantifiable. We therefore urge Emefiele to come forth and declare”, he said.


Tags assigned to this article:
Campaign PostersGodwin Emefiele