An Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has demanded the sacking or resignation of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
According to the lawyer, Emefiele has allegedly desecrated his office in the apex bank by showing interest in politics, especially the 2023 presidential election.
Olajengbesi, in a statement on Monday, warned that the CBN governor must quit now as all sensitive materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission are domiciled with CBN headed by Emefiele.
â€œThe Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has desecrated his office in the apex bank and must resign now or be sacked forthwith by President Muhammadu Buhari.
â€œEmefiele as a civil servant cannot and should not think of contesting an election whilst still in office. The CBN governor contesting is like INEC chairman running for a political post because he is a critical stakeholder in the countryâ€™s election.
â€œEmefiele is the custodian of all sensitive election materials in Nigeria as INEC uses the CBN as its vault. It is dangerous for Emefiele to continue holding CBN governor office because he is compromised and INEC materials are not safe with him. The 2023 election is presumed rigged should he continue to hold office as CBN governor.
â€œAccording to Section 9 of the CBN Act, 2007, the apex bank governor must not venture into any other vocation while in office and must resign in writing to the President if he nursed such intention. There are more than enough reasons Emefiele must go now for the credibility of the bye-elections this year, the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections as well as the 2023 elections.â€