ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian central bank governor Godwin Emefiele has not decided to run for president next February or another elected official and will remain in office, he said on Saturday after critics told him. demanded his resignation following reports of his political ambitions. .
After a spokesman for the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) said on Friday that Emefiele had bought forms to challenge the party’s presidential nomination this month, he tweeted: “I have not made that decision.”
Emefiele said he would continue to serve as governor of the central bank and would clarify his ambitions in the coming days.
Reports of Emefiele’s presidential bid sent the naira a record low of $ 591 per cent on the black market on Friday, compared to a range of 413 to 417 naira on the official market where it has traded this year.
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President Muhammadu Buhari will step down after serving two four-year terms following the February 2023 vote. The APC has set its primaries to decide its presidential candidate on May 30 and 31.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are the first in the race to be the next candidate to lead Africa’s leading economy.
Nigeria’s political parties are expected to elect presidential candidates before June 3, according to the election commission, while the official campaign will begin in September.
Emefiele is serving a second term at the central bank where he has pursued favorable interest rate policies, introduced currency controls and launched a business to help build infrastructure in Nigeria.
Political power in Nigeria tends to shift between the oil-rich south, largely Christian, and the poorer north, mostly Muslim. Buhari is from the northern state of Katsina and the next APC candidate is expected to come from the south.
(Report by Camillus Eboh; written by Chijioke Ohuocha; edited by David Holmes)
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