CBN Governor meets Buhari, says critics can ‘have heart attack’ over Presidential bid

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

The meeting, held behind closed doors, was barely 24 hours after the President asked all political appointees seeking elective positions to resign by Monday, May 16, 2022.

Asked by newsmen what his reaction was to the President’s directive that appointees interested in the 2023 election should resign, Emefiele said though he has no news for the reporters there will be news later.

His words: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news.”

When further told that the international community, as well as Nigerians, are interested in his position as regards the presidential directive, the CBN Governor stressed that he was not bothered by their concern saying he was having fun while those concerned are free to have a heart attack.

According to him: “Let them have a heart attack, its good to have a heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”

Emefiele had on Monday approached the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for an Order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Attorney-General of the Federation from preventing or hindering his participation in the process of the presidential election slated for February next year.

Specifically, he argued that by virtue of being a public servant, he cannot be barred from participating in the political primaries of political parties by Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

He submitted that Constitutional provisions stipulated that he can only resign his appointment as Governor of CBN 30 days to the presidential election which he is interested in contesting.

Among the court processes, he filed before the court was an application for the maintenance of the status quo, which he predicated on the fact that he would be prejudiced against or hurt if the court does not restrain the defendants from taking any step that would jeopardize his desire to contest the presidential election.

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