By Vanessa Anetoh
The All Progressives Congress on Friday demanded the immediate resignation of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
APC’s position was disclosed by the National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Salihu Lukman, in a statement released on Friday.
This came after the Supreme Court rejected the CBN’s naira redesign policy, ruling that the old N200, N500, and N1,000 naira notes should therefore coexist with the new ones through December 31.
The Punch reported that the ruling party accused the duo of deceiving President Major General Muhammadu Buhari and disobeying the Supreme Court’s ruling on the new naira redesign policy.
Lukman said, “It is also unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari could be misled into such acts of illegality and abuse of executive powers as pronounced by the Supreme Court.
“We, and indeed all Nigerians, are grateful to the Supreme Court Justices led by Justice Akomaye for this landmark judicial intervention.
“Given the injurious nature of the consequences of the cashless policy of the Federal Government as was implemented thus far, and the damage of the Supreme Court ruling to the profile of President Buhari, Godwin Emefiele and Abubakar Malami must take personal responsibility for this act of illegality by the Federal Government.
“In advanced democracies, public officers who commit such acts of illegality voluntarily resign from their appointments.Therefore, if indeed, the cashless policy of the Federal Government was supposedly designed to conform with extant legal provisions of the Nigerian Federation, now that it turned out in the direct opposite, both the CBN Governor, Mr. Emefiele and the Attorney General of the Federation.
“Mr. Malami should accept the limitations of both their knowledge of the law and commitment to democracy by resigning from their respective offices forthwith.
“Rule of law is fundamental to democracy and individuals who flagrantly violate the laws or promote acts that breach the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must not be tolerated,” he added.