Godwin Emefiele has denied fresh reports linking him with a plot against Nigeria’s President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
There was a report that alleged that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is conniving with a billionaire retired general from the north and have allegedly funded the Labour Party governorship candidate in Lagos, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, to enable him to defeat the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the forthcoming election on March 18, 2023.
CBN’s Director of Communications, Isa Abdulmumin, reacting to the statement, said Emefiele has never met or even spoken with Rhodes Vivour and described the report as false and malicious.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a story alleging that the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele has launched a ‘fresh plot against President-elect’. The aforementioned story went further to allege that the Governor has made a certain amount of money available to a political aspirant ahead of March 18, 2023, gubernatorial poll,” Abdulmumin said.
“We wish to inform members of the public that this story is entirely false and malicious as the Governor does not know and has never met or even spoken with Mr Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour either in person or through proxy.
“We wish to reiterate that the CBN Governor does not take part in Politics and therefore urge anyone with contrary information to prove the Governor wrong should provide such facts.
“As such the Governor and team at the CBN should be allowed to focus on their assigned job to achieve statutory mandates of the Bank.”