Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
While addressing the Southwest youths and women conference at Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Thursday, Falana said the continuation of Emefiele as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, could jeopardize the credibility of the general elections in 2023.
Emefiele had shown interest in running for president in 2023 on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress party but changed his mind after public outcry.
However, Falana stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should take key voting materials from the CBN in order to ensure free, fair, and credible general elections in 2023.
He said: “INEC is trying; it has deployed technology to get rid of rigging, but we can no longer keep sensitive election materials in the vault of the CBN”
“This is because the governor of the CBN is a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress”
“It has never happened anywhere in the world; this is very dangerous. The CBN governor’s power is enormous under the CBN Act, so he can’t be a politician”
“We can’t look for an alternative place to keep our electoral materials; it is the CBN governor that must be removed and whether President Buhari likes it or not, Emefiele must go”
“Some Civil Society Organisations have filed a motion against him and we will pursue it to a logical conclusion.”