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PDP defends Jonathan on CBN boss axing

24 February 2014, 07:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned alleged attempts by certain individuals and groups to politicize the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement, said the issues leading to Sanusi’s suspension strictly bordered on the management of the nation’s economy and urged Nigerians to disregard those attempting to politicize or introduce sentiments into the matter.

Supporting the suspension, the party said it had “implicit” confidence in President Goodluck Jonathan and his efforts to ensure the stability and growth of the economy adding that the decision was in the best interest of the nation.

The party also dismissed insinuations that the suspension was aimed at silencing a whistle blower and promoting corruption.

It said after thorough analysis of the issues surrounding the suspension, it was clear that the decision was in tandem with the commitment of the Federal Government to safeguard the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the entire financial sector from abuses.

 The PDP said the findings of the Financial Reporting Council revealed series of administrative recklessness in the CBN which are “very weighty” and “could not be swept under the carpet of politics and sentiments.”

 It also debunked suggestions that the suspension would negatively affect the economy.  

“The PDP observed that instead, it has restored confidence in the financial sector and in Government's ability to check abuses harmful to the system,” Metuh stated.

The party urged Nigerians not to be swayed by “those seeking to play politics” with the matter adding that Sanusi should have nothing to fear if “he has no skeletons in his cupboard.”

– CAJ News

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