By Tunde Joshua
…says he can’t continue in office
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Godwin Emefiele over his political partisanship.
A group on Friday procured the N100 million expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the CBN boss to contest the 2023 presidential election.
The party said Emefiele should be investigated and prosecuted by anti-graft agencies for alleged abuse of office and financial impunity.
According to the party, the CBN Governor by his involvement in partisan politics contravenes the provisions of the CBN Act 2007 and particularly referenced Section 9 which provides that “the Governor and the Deputy Governors shall devote the whole of their time to the service of the bank and while holding office, shall not engage in any full or part-time employment or vocation, whether remunerated or not…”
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba at a press conference Saturday in Abuja said by allowing himself to be dragged into partisan politics, Emefiele’s alleged action also contradicts Section 030422 of the Public Service Rule.
The section states that no public officer shall (a) “hold any office, paid or unpaid, permanent or temporary, in any political organization”, (b) offer himself/herself or nominate anyone else as a candidate for any elective public office…”, (c) “indicate publicly his support of or opposition to any party, candidate or policy and (d) “engage in canvassing in support of political candidates” unless such officer resigns his appointment.
The PDP invited Nigerians to rise in resistance to the impunity of the APC administration and demand the arrest of the CBN Governor.