CBN Governor, Emefiele Reacts To The Alleged Gift Of N500 million To Rhodes-Vivour

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has refuted claims that he donated N500 million in brand-new notes to the Labour Party’s candidate in Lagos, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, in advance of the March 18 governorship election.

The N500 million gift to the Lagos Labour Party candidate, according to a national newspaper’s Monday, March 13, 2023 edition, was allegedly part of a scheme to prevent the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party of the incoming president, from winning the March 18 governorship election by Emefiele.

Emefiele has never met the Labour party governorship candidate in person or through a proxy, according to a Monday statement from CBN’s acting director of corporate communications, Alhaji Isa Abdulmumin, who also denied the report.

In addition, CBN was adamant that Emefiele had not given Rhodes-Vivour a “kobo,” calling the claim to be wholly untrue.

According to the apex bank, the purpose of the article was to tarnish the reputation of the bank and its officers.

“The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been brought to a narrative published in the Nation newspaper on Monday, March 13, 2023, suggesting that the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has initiated a “fresh plot against the President-elect,” according to the statement. “We want to let the world know that this claim is entirely untrue and harmful because the CBN governor doesn’t know Mr. Rhodes-Vivour, has never spoken to him directly or indirectly and has never even met him.

“We want to stress that the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria does not participate in politics, and we challenge anyone with information to the contrary to disprove the governor by providing any facts,” he added.

To fulfill the bank’s statutory duty, CBN urged those who spread false information to let the governor and his colleagues concentrate on their tasks.

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