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Central Bank Governor Ends Bid to Become Nigeria’s President

  • Emefiele missed deadline to resign, effectively ends campaign
  • Opposition party insists he can no longer stay on in his post
Godwin Emefiele

Godwin Emefiele

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Nigeria’s central bank governor ended his bid to become the country’s next president after his highly visible foray into party politics.

Godwin Emefiele missed deadlines set by the ruling All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari to formalize his candidacy and resign from the central bank. By remaining in the post beyond May 16, the 60-year-old effectively abandoned his short-lived campaign for the highest office in Africa’s largest economy.