Indication that recently retired of Access Bank, Aigboje – Aig – Imoukhuede is emerging as the best man to step into Sanusi Lamido’s shoe has suffered a terrible blow!
The singular decision of spending whopping amount for his retirement cum end of the year 2013 party has resulted in revelations and petitions to the Presidency, on why he should not be chosen.
Before now, the Presidency favoured him because of his experience, fraternity with establishment and world view economic outlook.
Tunde Lemo, Younews learnt is more favoured now – He is an insider and Jonathan need to pacify the west over allegation of marginalisation.
Over N200m were said to have been lavished in bringing songstress Mariah Carey from the U.S for the one in town party by Access Bank.
Incidentally over 200 top Staff of the bank were laid off months before the party
Sanusi’s five-year single term tenure expires in June and he has consistently said he will not seek a second term in office.
Among those reportedly vying for the position of the CBN governor are the Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bisi Onasanya; and Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mr. Mustapha Chike-Obi.
Others are the four Deputy Governors, Mr. Tunde Lemo (Operations); Dr. Kingsley Moghalu (Financial System Stability); Dr. Sarah Alade (Economic Policy); and Alhaji Suleiman Barau (Corporate Services Directorate); as well as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga; and the Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama.
Out of the lot, Onasanya, Alade and Lemo are from the South-West region, while Aganga is representing Lagos State in the federal cabinet, though originally from Edo State in the South-South region.
Investigations revealed recently that some of the candidates being speculated to become the next CBN governor had begun to lobby friends and close aides to the President to aid their emergence as the preferred candidate.
A senior government official, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the condition of anonymity, said since last week when Sanusi reportedly fell out of favour with the President, a lot of politicking had been going on among the contenders for the office.
The source said, “You know that the appointment of the CBN governor is a political rather than a technical decision and remember that we are in a pre-election year where a lot of politicking is going on.
“Within the last one month, a lot of names have been brandished and I can tell you that some of those people have started serious campaigns and lobbying.
“But, again, there are feelers that whoever will become the CBN governor will have to be someone that is a friend of the President because I am sure that unlike Sanusi, the Presidency will not want to appoint anyone that will not be loyal to Jonathan.”