Emefiele Reportedly Withdraws From 2023 Presidential Race

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has reportedly jettisoned his 2023 presidential ambition.

Emefiele has decided to withdraw from the presidential race and has intended to continue as the apex bank chief.

“CBN Governor has withdrawn from the presidential race and has communicated his intention to continue as CBN Governor,” a source told Business Day.

Emefiele’s final withdrawal from the race came weeks after speculations were rife that he would contest for the 2023 presidency under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This development follows his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

In a chat with State House correspondents after the meeting with the President, Emefiele told Nigerians to expect news on his presidential ambition soon.

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He also urged the citizens to watch out if he would be affected by the presidential directive to political appointees seeking elective positions in the 2023 general elections to vacate their offices before Monday.

When asked by reporters if he would comply with the president’s directive to resign, he had said: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news.”

The CBN Governor also said he was not worried about the speculations surrounding his purported presidential ambition, adding that he is loving the media attention.

Emefiele had said: “Let them have heart attacks; it’s good to have heart attacks; I am having a lot of fun.”

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