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CBN Governor Emefiele’s presidential campaign taps in London

An entity has been registered in London to push Godwin Emefiele as Nigeria’s next president, marking another first in a series of breaks with longstanding customs of public accountability under Muhammadu Buhari.

Peoples Gazette checks showed that Diaspora for Emefiele Limited was registered on March 29, 2022, under approval number 14010119, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 99000, which accommodates the activities of offshore organizations and bodies in Britain.

The organization of the campaign was registered by Mr. Emefiele’s ally, Martins Abhulimhen.

Despite campaign posters and Mr. Emefiele paraphernalia flooding the venue for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention in March, the governor has yet to formally declare his intention to contest the presidency. Earlier this month his campaign vehicles were cited by reporters.

According to sources close to Mr Emefiele, his supporters have deemed him capable of breaking the so-called curse of the failure of the Igbo ethnic group to produce a president since the civil war, especially since the restoration of civilian rule in 1999 , which had seen the other two major groups produce three presidents, Hausa-Fulani, two; and Yoruba, one.

Mr Emefiele’s powerful but undeclared decision sparked outrage from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which warned of blatant economic sabotage inflicted on the country and demanded the governor’s immediate resignation.

Mr Emefiele’s supporters said the PDP clamor was misplaced because the governor was not the only serving official to watch over the presidency. Last week, Rotimi Amaechi announced his candidacy for the presidency and has yet to step down as transport minister in Mr Buhari’s cabinet, but the CBN governor is a permanent regulator of the financial sector and not a cabinet position.

While the Constitution does not impose an outright ban on the CBN Governor’s involvement in political affairs, previous administrations before Mr Buhari had made efforts to publicly isolate Nigeria’s central banking system from partisan showmanship in accordance with global models.

Since Mr Buhari has shown no willingness to demand Mr Emefiele’s resignation, political analysts said the CBN Governor is set to challenge other politicians like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo , Bola Tinubu, Mr. Amaechi and Orji Uzor Kalu for the APC ticket to power when he finally declares his aspiration.

When contacted by The Gazette for comment, CBN spokesperson Osita Nwasinobi called the development “fake news”.

“It’s not true, please,” he said via text message.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu did not respond to The Gazette’s request for comment on the story.