Godwin Emefiele, Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, has joined the presidential race as he procured the 2023 expression of interest and presidential nomination forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Emefiele has reportedly paid the mandatory N100 million, thus ending weeks of sustained speculations on his presidential bid.
• Godwin Emefiele’s poster on display
He was said to have picked the forms on Friday, May 6, 2022 after payment was made for the forms.
Page3news.com.ng is yet to 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.
Reports have it that groups had some weeks back, drummed support for him and mounted pressure on him to enter the race for the 2023 presidency.
The coming of Emefiele has however swelled the list of aspirants to eight, including Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Education, Hon Emeka Nwajiuba, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Godwin Emefiele, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
It was earlier indicated that Emefiele was one of the okay aspirants by the Buhari’s presidency.
According to reports, the presidency is considering picking Buhari’s successor from the list.
Both Jonathan and Sylva had as of the time of filing this report, were 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.