The chairman of the Southern Forum of Governors and Governor of Onda State Oluvarotimi Akeradolu has called for the immediate resignation of Nigerian Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele because of his presidential ambitions.
On Friday, Emefiele reportedly elected at the Congress all N100m progressives a presidential nomination and a form of expression of interest.
Godwin Emefiele was first appointed governor of CBN in 2014 and has since remained in the apex bank for a second term given to him by the Muhammadu Bukhara administration.
But Governor Akeradolu in a quick reaction to the CBN governor’s entry into the presidential race said Emefiele could not reconcile guerrilla politics with a very delicate appointment to his post.
Nigeria’s senior lawyer said it is undeniable that Emefiele enjoys a constitutionally protected right to belong to any group or association and to participate fully, like any Nigerian.
He said: “However, it is difficult to imagine that a person who holds a high and sensitive position as head of the Central Bank of Nigeria will be so brazen to realize his ambitions.”
Akeradolu said that in the event that Emefiele refuses to resign, the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces must immediately remove him from office.
He said: “There is no point in claiming the obvious. The combined effect of the Civil Service Regulations, the CBN Act and the 1999 Constitution, as amended, exposes not only the oddities inherent in this brazen exercise of the alleged right to association. It also confirms the illegality of this act if he starts submitting forms while holding the position of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“Therefore, we recommend Emefiele to leave the office immediately so that he can pursue his interests. He cannot combine guerrilla politics with a very delicate assignment of his post. If he refuses to resign, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces must send him immediately. It’s a joke that goes too far. “