Nigeria’s central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele has reportedly procured the 2023 expression of interest and presidential nomination forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), after paying the mandatory N100 million, thus ending weeks of sustained speculations on his presidential bid.
Emefiele was said to have picked the forms on Friday, May 6, 2022 after payment was made for them.
It could not be confirmed who made the payment on his behalf.
Emefiele’s decision to take a plunge into the murky waters of politics and to seek elective position at the level of the presidency has put his current job of CBN governor on the line. He must obligatory resign before the presidential primary election.
Recall that support groups had some weeks back drummed support for him and mounted pressure on him to enter the race for the 2023 presidency.
The groups and friends of Meffy first converged on Lagos and subsequently resorted to strategic media exposure of the apex banker.
It remains to be seen how far Emefiele would go in his new political voyage.
But THE CONCLAVE had reported that Emefiele was one of the okay aspirants by the Buhari’s presidency.
The list of okay presidential aspirants has six persons. The presidency is considering picking Buhari’s successor from the list.
The favoured aspirants are Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Education, Hon Emeka Nwajiuba, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Godwin Emefiele and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.
Both Jonathan and Sylva had as of press time yet to procure their expression of interest and nomination forms.
Jonathan, if he had concluded the political process he said was ongoing for him to contest the presidency, would have to first formally announce his membership of the APC before proceeding to pick his expression of interest and presidential nomination forms.
It is expected that the APC will grant him and others necessary waivers to enable them quickly integrate in the party for political and electoral business.