Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is said to have abandoned his presidential bid in 2023.
According to reports, Emefiele has opted to drop out of the presidential campaign and will continue to lead the central bank.
“The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has withdrawn from the presidential contest and stated his decision to remain as CBN Governor,” a source informed Business Day.
Emefiele’s eventual withdrawal from the campaign came after weeks of speculation that he will run for president in 2023 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This comes after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.
Following his discussion with the President, Emefiele informed State House media that Nigerians can anticipate news on his presidential ambitions shortly.
When asked by reporters if he would comply with the president’s directive to resign, he had said: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news.”
The CBN Governor also said he was not worried about the speculations surrounding his purported presidential ambition, adding that he is loving the media attention.
Emefiele had said: “Let them have heart attacks; it’s good to have heart attacks; I am having a lot of fun.”