• “…this story is completely false and malicious” – CBN
• LP Lagos Candidate reacts
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele has denied alleged plot against the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Following a publication by The Nation newspapers revealing the alleged donation of N500 million cash by the CBN Governor to the Labour Party ahead of Lagos gubernatorial election, the apex bank, in a statement, denied the claim against their principal, labelling the claim as ‘false’ and ‘malicious’.
As contained in the statement signed by CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Isa Abdulmumin, the CBN governor has never held talk with Labour Party’s Lagos gubernatorial candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, and never engage himself in the polity of the state.
“We wish to inform members of the public that this story is completely false and malicious as the CBN does not know and has never met or even spoke with Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, either in person or through a proxy.
“We wish to reiterate that the CBN governor does not take part in politics and therefore urge anyone with contrary information to prove the Governor wrong by providing any facts,” the statement read.
Also reacting to the allegation, the LP Lagos gubernatorial candidate took to his Twitter handle to talk down the claim, describing it “fictional” and nothing short of a moonlight tales.
“I have read the fictional pieces from the devilish, deceptive, irresponsible and largely incoherent stable of the APC lying machinery. I will not respond to these tales by moonlight.
“I would only want to let lagosians know the heart and the character of those who have captured their state and deceived them for 20 years. This machinery has failed, this house has collapsed, it’s a new day and a new order is here,” Gbadebo tweeted.
The Nation publication had revealed how the CBN allegedly donated N500 million to shore up the campaign of Labour Party in Lagos.
The donation, according to the newspaper, was described as “Oga’s own contribution to the takeover-Lagos-from- Tinubu’s-influence” and geered towards giving Labour Party’s candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, undue advantage over his opponents, incumbent Governor and the All Progressive Congress’ candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr. Olajide Adediran.
The publication further alleged that Emefiele, who hails from Delta North, is said to be an enthusiastic promoter of the “Igbo agenda” to install “our own in Alausa come May 29”.