The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s action regarding the Naira redesign was to destroy the All Progressives Congress.
Governor Ganduje said this when he met with the Forum of Former Parliamentarians, North-West Zone on Wednesday.
The FFP members said they were on the visit to intimate him of their resolve to support the ambition of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 elections in Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Ganduje said it was unfortunate that despite the collective efforts made by the APC to ensure Buhari’s election victories in 2015 and 2019 after several losses, the President had resolved to pay the party and those who supported him back by destroying the party that brought him to power.
He said: “Imagine someone has been contesting without winning elections until after a merger was formed.
“He won the election and spent four years, re-contested again and he won.
“Now that he is about to go, he is doing nothing but to destroy the party that elected him.”
On the Naira swap policy, Ganduje faulted the insistence of the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to proceed with it despite warnings by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
He said: “What is wrong with doing it after elections?
“Why hasn’t he done this in the past seven years?
“What is the meaning of all these?
“This CBN governor is not a politician.
“He doesn’t know anything about politics.
“How can a politician enjoy this policy?
“Imagine how as a leader you watch banks engulfed by fire.
“If not that the democracy has decayed, will that be possible?
“How is it possible when the World Bank said the policy is wrong, the IMF said it is wrong, other leaders said it is wrong, but you said you need seven days to think over it.
“The poor man selling vegetables will have his goods rotten.
“That is why I closed down one supermarket for rejecting the old notes.
“The Supreme Court has said the old notes are still a legal tender.
“That is why any bank that refuses to collect, I will revoke their certificate and if they do that, they cannot work.”
Ganduje said Tinubu would revoke the policy after the election, if he emerged victorious.
He said the policy was not that of the ruling party, but they are aware it is part of the plot to ensure elections do not hold.
He likened it to how the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the candidate of the now defunct Social Democratic Party, was denied the presidency.
He added: “It was like this at the time of SDP with the Association of Better Nigeria.
“The CBN governor is the ABN of this dispensation.
“Therefore, this is even beyond not wanting someone to win the election.
“It is democracy itself they don’t want.
“They want to set up an Interim Government committee like that of (Ernest) Shonekan.
“Which credible politician do you think they can put to head such a committee?
“Except you just bring people that do not represent the masses, but their families.
“Those are the ones you can bring to form interim government.”
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