The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, has revealed reasons why members of opposition parties are backing the Naira swap policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The Eagle Online reports that the Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party have expressed support for the policy.
The Eagle Online also recalls that two Governors elected on the platform of the PDP: Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, have announced their intention to be joined as Respondents in the case brought against the Federal Government at the Supreme Court by three APC States Governments.
The Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara States Governments brought the suit against the Attorney General of the Federation.
At the last hearing on February 15, 2023, Diri and Obaseki showed up in court, seeking to be joined as Respondents.
So also has the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 polls in Nigeria, Peter Obi, declared support for the policy.
Obi urged Nigerians to bear the pains associated with the policy as it was in the interest of the country.
Reacting to the development, Keyamo, who spoke on a Channels Television programme: “The Verdict 2023,” said the opposition members think the Naira swap policy was aimed at the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Keyamo, who is also the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, wondered why members of the PDP, whom he said had always condemned every policy of President Muhammadu Buhari, were now the ones praising him.
He said: “All of a sudden, PDP gets up from nowhere and begins to praise Buhari.
“I say: ‘What a time to be alive.’
“‘Oh, Buhari is an honest man.’
“I said: ‘Wait a minute, these are people who have always told Nigerians that Buhari’s integrity is fake; that Buhari is not an honest man.’
“Now, you wake up one morning and you are praising Buhari because of politics, because you think in your own estimation that the policy in place is designed to curtail or to affect or harm your opponent.
“In that regard, they are cutting their nose to spite their faces.
“They got themselves into a mess and scored an own goal.
“Now, they are the ones begging Nigerians not to riot, they are now the ones begging Nigerians to support government policy.
“Because in their perception, they think that is against Asiwaju.”