Resign if you wish to contest – MURIC to Emefiele

TNC Reporter

TNC Reporter

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has told Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank and an alleged presidential aspirant, to resign first before campaigning for the presidency. MURIC, a human rights advocacy and apostle of good governance insists that following due process will prove that Emefiele respects decorum, law and order.

The organisation articulated its position on Friday, 25th February, 2022 through its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

The statement reads :

“We are in possession of a campaign leaflet authored by a group called ‘Friends of Emefiele’ which is canvassing for the candidature of the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Godwin Emefiele, in the coming 2023 presidential election. We have a principled position on this.

“As a bona fide Nigerian, Dr. Godwin Emefiele has every right to aspire towards the highest post in the land having met the conditions stipulated in Section 65,105 and 131 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which provides that a person shall be qualified for election in the various elective offices if he or she is a citizen of Nigeria and has attained the age of 35years.

“As a human rights advocacy and apostle of good governance, we recognise the right of every Nigerian to exercise his or her right in a democratic Nigeria and we will welcome credible candidates regardless of their ideological, ethnic or religious background. We do not doubt Emefiele’s credentials but he should follow due process.

“The last time we checked, however, the Governor of the Central Bank is still in public service and Nigeria’s public service rules forbid someone in such position from participating in electioneering campaign or contesting an election. It is also a gross infringement on electoral rules and regulations.

“Sections 66, 107, 137, and 182 of the Constitution disqualifies any person employed in the civil or public service of the Federation or State and does not resign, withdraw or retire from the employment before the election.

“We therefore call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to call the Governor of the Central Bank to order. A man sitting on the nation’s wealth cannot be allowed to violate the electoral law with reckless abandon. Emefiele should do the needful by resigning his position in the public service before plunging headlong into the 2023 electioneering campaign.

“This is not about Emefiele alone. MURIC will not embark on witch-hunting. The same treatment should be extended to any other aspiring candidate who is still in public service. Those who aspire to leadership positions must learn to respect the law. Only thus can they claim the moral right to lead us.

“This advocacy is neither motivated by ethnic bias nor religious sentiment. For instance, former Senate president Anyim Pius Anyim is now in the race but we have nothing against him. So are many others. All we are after is due process and respect for the laws of the land.”

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Comments 4

  1. Agboola Faruk says:

    This fellow want to loose the one he already have.
    If he resign I bet you, he will loose the two office.
    Oga use your head.

  2. Anthonia says:

    He better be wise, before he loose the two the office.
    If not for selfish interests, you re already the CBN governor, why coming out again for president.
    Useless people.

  3. Suleiman mabo says:

    There is no two way about it.
    The has already make it very clear.
    If you are an in any office, you must resign before making your move for the presidential election.

  4. Company Masheed says:

    Your chame the chame me.
    Is like your village people have started following you again.
    No resign oo.
    You better keep your Job.

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