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2023 Presidency: Emefiele Has Not Breached Extant Laws, Group Insists 

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2023 Presidency: Emefiele Has Not Breached Extant Laws, Group Insists 
2023 Presidency: Emefiele Has Not Breached Extant Laws, Group Insists 

A group of progressive youths under the aiges of Community Mobilization for Emefiele 2023 (COME) has frowned at criticism on the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele over the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

While insisting the CBN governor has not breached the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, COMR noted that the Emefiele has not even declared or indicated interest in the race yet.

In a statement released to journalists on behalf of COME, its national coordinator, Barr. Abdulmalik stressed even if he had done so, the provision of section 137 (1)g of the 1999 constitution as amended is clear to the effect that he must resigns 30 days before election.

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The group also warned fifth columnists to desist from vague interpretation of the constitution even as Emefiele to summon courage and respond to the clarion call in the service of his fatherland in the 2023 presidential election.

” From meticulous observation of our extant Laws, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has not breached any provisions of any law governing the affairs of his exalted office. More so, he is even yet to accede to the call of Nigerians clamouring for him to contest, and even the expression of interest and nomination form purchased for him was done without his imprimatur.

” Where in the event he decides to accept the nomination form purchased for him, the provision of section 137 (1)g of the 1999 constitution as amended is crystal clear which is to the effect that he must resigns 30 days before election. More over, Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022 is still a subject of litigation which automatically renders the provision inoperative pending the final determination of the legality or otherwise of it before the Court of Appeal.” The statement said.

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While admonishing critics to be weary of vague interpretation, COME said “Let it also be made clear that those who are citing section 9 of the Central Bank Act should desist from giving it a subjective interpretation. The import of that provision is to the effect that the Governor of Central Bank must be fully devoted to the service of the bank.

“Additionally,  section 11 of the same Central Bank Act provides for the conditions for disqualification and cessation of appointment as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

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“No where in the aforementioned provisions disqualified Emefiele from contesting for the of the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“There is no iota of doubt that those calling for Emefiele resignation or termination of his appointment by Mr. president are doing that with ignoble and malafide intention. Not in the national interest nor in the interest of the generality of Nigerians. The call is purely political and totally self serving.”

The group again reiterated its promise to mobilize Nigerians especially those in the grass-root for this onerous and patriotic project, hinging its faith and conviction in Emefiele’s capacity, credibility, ability, capability and intellectual acumen to drive economy to prosperity.

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