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Naira redesign: Emefiele deceived Buhari; CBN plans to scuttle elections – Oshiomhole

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Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has accused the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of deceiving President Muhammadu Buhari over the redesign of the naira notes.

Last year, President Buhari approved the redesign of the N1,000, N500, and N200 notes. The move, has, however, created hardship among Nigerians who battle to lay hands on the new notes as the 10 February deadline for the currency swap inches closer. In the wake of the Naira swap crisis, the CBN insisted on not extending the deadline.

But Oshiomhole faulted the policy, describing it as senseless and a plot by the regulatory bank to scuttle the general elections. According to the former governor of Edo State, the bank sold an anti-corruption motive to the President which made him approve the policy.

“So, I can guess – I was not there – that in obtaining the approval, I believe the CBN deceived the President by amplifying the need to have corruption-free electioneering as if election is the only project this President has a responsibility for”, he said during an interview on Channels Television’s The 2023 Verdict on Sunday.

He said that the CBN sold to the President that a redesigning of the Naira notes would curb vote buying and thus catch corrupt politicians off guard.

“The President Buhari that I know will have no difficulty in agreeing”, he said, arguing that the CBN governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele “knows better than that”.

Oshiomhole further said that the apex bank had other motives.

“You could see that the intention of the bank is not to eliminate abuses but to stop the elections from taking place”, he said.

According to him, the move was meant to cause unrest, shift the government’s attention and ultimately make the ruling APC lose the elections.

“If you have riots like you had in Ibadan and Benin – I don’t know anywhere else –  and they were taking place simultaneously, and you are now dealing with the issue of protecting lives and properties, will elections become a priority?.

“So, it is in that context that whoever scuttles the elections would have scuttled the chances of the APC winning the election”, he said.

Source: Channels Television

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