By Chinelo Obogo
A coalition of civil groups under the auspices of the Green Alliance (TGA) has urged Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to run for president in 2023.
At its inaugural meeting held in Lagos on Saturday, the organizer of the TGA, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, the movement made up of various civil and pressure groups from across the country, believes that what the country needs is a candidate who has experience in steering the economy in the right direction, hence their call for Emefiele to join the race in 2023.
Fapohunda said that in addition to leading banking policies and programs that led to job creation, Emefiele ensured stability in macroeconomic concerns such as inflation and the exchange rate.
He also said that the CBN Governor inspired the rice revolution which resulted in almost zero rice import.
“Emefiele has been at the forefront of promoting a diversification of Nigeria’s revenue base with a focus on agriculture and small business growth. We did some research on him, which is why we think he’s the best man for the job.
“He was nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government but President Muhammadu Buhari in his wisdom retained him and that says a lot about his ability and management acumen.
“We want to move away from the norm of career politicians to become a technocrat who has built a resilient financial system for Nigeria. We want him as president because he will be a bridge builder. He imposed measures that stopped imports and boosted the country’s agricultural sector to a very high level,” Fapohunda said.
He then urged Nigerians to ensure that they obtain their personal voter registration cards, to enable them to actively participate in the 2023 general elections through their votes.
Earlier, TGA co-founder Mr. Valentine Gabriel said the Lagos release, which is the first of the group, will tour the country, while the representative of Asaba Women Association of Nigeria and Women in Politics, Angela Ajufo said that women are in desperate need of change and are looking for progress and peace, which is why they would support Emefiele if he comes forward.
In his remarks, the leader of the Youth Alliance for Good Governance, Akin Osomo, said:
“We believe that Emefiele will manage the economy of the country as well as he managed the CBN. He has deep knowledge of economics and global economic growth and he is a detribalized Nigerian.
“His accomplishments in CBN are many and cannot be quantified. We therefore urge Emefiele to come forward and declare.