From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has alleged that poor implementation of redesigned Naira notes by governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefele, was targeted against the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Masari, who spoke at a meeting with traders in the state, said the policy of redesigned Naira notes has a hidden agenda.
He said APC was not against the policy, but was not happy with its poor implementation because it crimpled Masari says Naira redesign goes against APC economic activities and created untold hardship to the people of the nation.
Masari accused Mr. Emefele for refusing to abide with Supreme Court verdict to direct banks to accept old naira notes and use as a legal tender.
“Mr. Emefele is working as if he is above the law. He refused to abide with Supreme Court verdict to allow the use of old naira by banks,” the governor said.
He said the attitude and actions of the CBN governor is unacceptable, pledging that the state would join others to save the situation.
Masari directed traders in the state to return old Naira at their disposal to the government for depositing to Central Bank.
He said he would lead traders to bank to ensure no trader loose his old Naira notes.
Meanwhile, Governor Masari said the insistence of Northern governors to shift power to the South was to strengthen unity of the nation.
He said the governors are supporting APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu not for personal interest, but for his leadership qualities and ready to serve the nation.
Masari, who spoke while receiving Katsina Allied Steel and Business Development Forum, said Tinubu work to ensure power return to the North in 2015 and 2019, adding that: “It is time to reciprocate the gesture to return power to the south.”
He recalled that Tinubu spearhead and sponsored presidential ambition of both Nuhu Ribadu and that of Atiku Abubakar, all of them from the North.