Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has appeale to President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to reverse the recent policy on the new naira design.
Governor Akeredolu expressed dissatisfaction with the CBN’s purported disregard for a court order extending the deadline for the usage of old notes, stating that both the old and new notes should be allowed to coexist.
The governor made the statement on Tuesday evening During a visit from members of the youth directorate of the All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Council, led by Seyi Tinubu, the son of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Governor Akeredolu further criticized the new naira policy, stating that its timing was inappropriate. He also noted that the challenges created by the scarcity of fuel and naira had adversely affected the rating of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party ahead of the upcoming general election.
He said, “We have a problem we are facing in this country today. Our rating as a party is not that favourable. Let’s not deceive ourselves. Must it be now that we will have this financial policy?
“How? Fuel and everything? Things are not easy. This policy is not right at this time. It should be reversed. Reserve it and tell CBN that we are reversing it. Let old and new notes co-exist.
“Okada, taxis, banks are not taking old notes again. There is an injunction and everyone is behaving like there is no injunction.
During the visit, Governor Akeredolu expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the youth members in the APC. He further acknowledged that the youths would play a decisive role in determining the outcome of the election.
“Your demographic shows that you occupy a larger percentage. You are the ones that will talk to yourselves,” the governor lauded.
Seyi Tinubu expressed his gratitude to Governor Akeredolu for his commitment to youth development and inclusion in Ondo State.
He said, “We have come to seek your approval to add to what you have done in the state already in terms of campaign. We will be in Ondo for the next two days to meet with the youths.