With a presidential directive for appointees with political ambitions in 2023 to resign by Monday, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, yesterday visited President Muhammadu Buhari, after which he declared that “there will be news”.
Emefiele’s visit to Aso Rock Villa came a day after President Buhari ordered his appointees to quit their jobs if they were interested in contesting for elective positions in next year’s general elections.
The CBN governor had even before then reportedly gone to court to challenge the public service rule that requires public office holders to resign their positions before contesting for elective positions.
As he emerged from the meeting with the President, the Emefiele was asked by journalists to react to the story that the President had directed him to resign forthwith.
He replied: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news.”
When reminded that given the office he holds, his ambition is creating anxiety among a lot of Nigerians and the international community, he said: “Let them have a heart attack. It’s good to have a heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”
A group of farmers had procured the N100milion presidential nomination forms of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) for Emefiele, a move he denied as having his backing.
Earlier yesterday, President Buhari had ordered all heads of agencies, departments, parastatals, and ambassadors with political ambitions to resign.
This is contained in a circular on Thursday morning, obtained by LEADERSHIP.
The circular was signed by the secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The circular with reference number SGF/OP/ I/S.3/XII/ 173 was titled, ‘Ministers, heads of government agencies, ambassadors and other appointees with political ambitions to resign.
The circular was addressed to all serving ministers, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, National Security Adviser, chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission.
Others are; the chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service and heads of extra-ministerial departments, directors-general/chief executive officers of parastatals, agencies and government-owned companies among others.
In the circular, Mustapha said President Muhammadu Buhari had observed and noted the expression of interest and intention by some members of the Federal Executive Council, heads of extra-ministerial departments, agencies, parastatals of government, ambassadors, and other political office holders to contest the upcoming presidential, gubernatorial, national and state assemblies’ elections.
He said the President had directed that the affected office holders aspiring to run for various offices in the 2023 general elections, should tender their resignation on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.
The circular said: “For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all ministers, heads, and members of extra-ministerial departments, agencies and parastatals of government, ambassadors as well as other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices.
“For smooth running of the machinery of government and our foreign missions, affected ministers are to hand over to ministers of state where they exist or to the permanent secretary, where there is no minister of state.
“Ambassadors shall hand over to their deputy heads of mission or the most senior foreign service officer in line with established practices.
“Similarly, heads of extra-ministerial departments, agencies, and parastatals are to hand over to the most senior director/officer as may be peculiar to the organisation, in line with the service-wide Circular No. SGF.50/S. Il/C.2/268 of 4th December 2017,”
The SGF said the contents of the circular and the incidental directives, take effect immediately.