“Emefiele may have chosen Naira redesign just to discredit APC” – Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole
Adams Oshiomole (Credit: The Letterman)

Former Governor of Edo state and All Progressives Congress(APC) Stalwart, Adams Oshiomhole suspects that the Naira redesign policy might have been introduced by the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele to disrupt the elections scheduled for February 25 and March 11. 

Oshiomhole said this when he showed up during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, February 5. Oshiomole described the policy as ill-conceived, not well-thought-out and poorly timed, while adding that Godwin Emefiele took advantage of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption posture to manipulate him against Nigerians.

The former Governor also accused Emefiele introducing the new Naira redesign policy to discredit the APC, since Emefiele could not continue with his presidential ambition after buying the form to contest for the party primaries.

Oshiomhole said; 

“I am sorry to say that it is not a secret that he wanted to contest for the APC presidential ticket. 

He bought N100 million APC nomination form and the President directed that all those who wanted to contest for the presidential ticket should resign their appointments.

I remember that during that time he went to the Villa, I believe, he went to consult and when they asked him if he had been cleared to proceed on his political ambition, he said, there will be big news soon.

The only news we have heard is this change of currency. We have not heard the news of why he didn’t proceed with his political ambition.

And unfortunately, everybody knows that President Buhari’s constituency in Nigeria is the army of the poor.  

The elite have never supported him. And it is these poor people who are hit the most by this policy.

When you talk about vote buying, we have moved from a situation that all you need is to compromise the police and the INEC, then, you write the results and they are declared and you start balancing the ballot paper later”.

Oshiomole accused Emefiele of trying to prevent the election from taking place. He said the new policy would hurt the election process as the Independent National Electoral Commission would now be forced to revise its budget due to escalating costs.

He admonished the National Assembly for reading correctly the mood of the people in inviting and threatening to issue an arrest warrant on Emefiele to face the House Committee.

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