The Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has denied reports linking him with a presidential ambition at the instance of a political party, Congress for Progressive Change CPC.
He was reacting to reports that CPC is gunning for him as a presidential candidate on the party’s platform. He spoke via an online medium, Ra’ayi Riga.
“I have just seen this story. Let me repeat for the umpteenth time that no one in CPC has ever discussed this with me and I don’t believe it is true. There is an orchestrated attempt to paint a picture of me with political ambitions for two reasons: first it feeds into a narrative of disloyalty.
“The narrative says because I am a northerner and a Muslim appointed by UMYA I am not loyal to GEJ. This why somebody as senior as a Chairman Of Senate Rules Committee Senator Enang can claim that currency redenomination is a ploy by SLS to bring down GEJ in a serious newspaper interview.
"The second is a group in Government that wants to discredit the CBN so that any independent critical views expressed are labeled political.
“When u come from my family and accept a title you cannot openly be in partisan politics. It is an unwritten law. Mistakes were made in the First Republic but since then avoided. The institution belongs to all Kano people and joining one party alienates supporters of another.
"One has to choose between political ambitions at federal or state level and the love and unity of Kano people. I made my choice long ago and everyone knows it but it won’t stop the fabricators from doing what they are good at. I repeat that I am not in partisan politics, I have no desire to contest for elective office and the story is false as far as I know,” he said.