Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that the untimely implementation of the naira swap policy was deliberately done by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emeifiele, to fight back for failing to get the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket.
He urged community leaders to let people know that the hardship they were facing was “singlehandedly caused by the CBN governor, to purposely cause confusion in our democratic process.”
Ganduje stated this at a campaign rally held at Tsanyawa Local Government where he presented the APC governorship and deputy governorship candidates, alongside senatorial candidates and others to the people.
He said the CBN governor was doing that to cause confusion in the forthcoming elections for a not just reason, and that “he has not been in good mood for long, because he failed to secure a presidential ticket on the platform of our great party, the APC.”
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Ganduje said the state government and APC in the state were totally against the action of Emefiele.
“Currency redesign is done across the globe, but not in the way we are witnessing in our country. The timing is wrong, the deadline given is very wrong and deliberate,” he said.
The governor said he would summon bank managers very soon to interrogate the shortage of new naira notes in banks.
“They should come over and explain to us, why our people are still suffering over this issue of naira swap. And I will go to them individually to supervise what is happening and why.”
Ganduje recalled that the state government during the COVID-19 pandemic distributed palliatives to citizens across all the 44 local governments, promising to do the same now.
“We have a plan in the pipeline to start distributing palliatives very soon across all the 44 local governments, to cushion the effect of the hardship caused by the CBN Governor, to our people,” he said.