A group, under the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), which described itself as Emefiele Mobilisation Team, (EMT), has justified the calls on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to join the 2023 presidential race.
The Team Leader and National Coordinator of EMT, Dr. Jacob Attah, spoke at a news conference at the weekend in Lokoja, on behalf of the National Executive Committee of the group.
According to the group, Emefiele represents a unique opportunity to achieve peace, unity and development in the country if he runs for president.
“For a man who was born in the South-West, schooled in the South-East and from the South-South, Dr. Emefiele represents a unique opportunity for peace, unity and development, not just in Southern Nigeria but across Nigeria.
“We call on all patriots to stand up and be counted in the all-important task of who becomes the next president of Nigeria and support the call for Dr Godwin Emefiele to run for the highest office in our nation.
“At a time when Nigeria is passing through a lot of economic and security challenges, we must bring in experience, dynamism, energy, equity and fairness in the choice of who becomes the next President of Nigeria.
“Over the past eight years at the helm of the affairs of the Nigeran apex bank, Emefiele has shown capacity, focus, courage and worked tirelessly with the economic team of President Muhammadu Buhari to keep the economy of our great country afloat above recession and outright collapse.
“His policies in the area of education, health, agriculture, industry and social credits have brought about positive transformation in these sectors and strengthened the Nigerian economy,” he said.
The coordinator stressed that Dr. Emefiele had done well as CBN governor, saying several of his policies, which he cited, have reflected in the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and created lots of employment in all states of the federation.
The group however said, “For now, Emefiele is focused on his assignment as the governor of the CBN.
“We use this opportunity to caution those who may wish to carry out actions or make statements capable of distracting him from delivering on his national assignment as the head of Nigeria’s apex bank”.
He called on all patriots to stand up and be counted in the all-important task of who becomes the next President of Nigeria and support the call for Emefiele to run for the highest office in our nation.
The National Coordinator said that the youth population would be adequately carried along in the process.