Abbas Umar Masanawa, Managing Director of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc has picked the N50 million All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship nomination and expression of interest forms.
Masanawa is seeking to succeed Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari in 2023.
According to reports, Masanawa is a cousin to president Muhammadu Buhari. He was appointed as the MD of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc in September 2018, the federal government-owned company incharge of printing the banknotes and the postal orders of Nigeria. It also prints some electoral materials for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The company, which is usually referred to as The MINT, was established in 1963 by the Nigerian government in partnership with De La Rue of the UK and is under the Central Bank of Nigeria.
It began full operation in 1965, producing currency notes and coins for the CBN as well as a wide range of security documents for the government, commercial banks, and blue-chip companies, among others.
Despite picking the nomination forms to contest APC governorship election in Kastina state, reports had it that he has refused to resign his appointment.
A source who spoke with Sahara Reporters said: “The man that mints the naira note has come out to say he is a member of the APC and also declared to run for governor. The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc actually prints some of our election materials.
He is from Katsina, he has refused to resign just like his boss at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele,” the source said.
This comes a few days after the INEC said the involvement of the CBN Governor, Emefiele in politics was threatening the 2023 elections.
INEC in a statement by Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to its Chairman, said the commission might move ballot papers from the CBN vaults.
The Chairman of the APC Ward 6 of the Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Nduka Erikpume, had on Sunday confirmed Emefiele’s membership of the ruling party, saying the CBN governor registered as far back as February 2021.
Three support groups had last week purportedly bought APC N100m presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for Emefiele.
Emefiele who has been asked to resign approached a court to stop the INEC and Attorney General of the Federation not to stop his ambition of running for president while holding his seat as CBN governor.
The Federal High Court in Abuja has however refused the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele’s request asking INEC and the Attorney General of the Federal (AGF) to appear today, Thursday May 12, 2022 about the issue.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has on May 11, 2022 ordered all political appointees having 2023 ambitions to resign their appointments.
The statement which was signed by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha reads:
“Mr. President has observed and noted the expression of interest and intention by some members of the Federal Executive Council, Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies, Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors and other Political Office holders to contest the upcoming Presidential, Gubernatorial, National and State Assemblies’ elections.
“Consequently, Mr. President has directed that the affected office holders aspiring to run for various offices in the 2023 General Elections, should tender their resignation on or before Monday, the 16th of May, 2022.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all Ministers, Heads and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices.
“For smooth running of the machinery of government and our foreign Missions, affected Ministers are to hand over to Ministers of State where they exist or to the Permanent Secretary, where there is no Minister of State. Ambassadors shall hand over to their Deputy Heads of Mission or the most Senior Foreign Service Officer in line with established practices.
“Similarly, Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals are to hand over to the most senior Director/Officer as may be peculiar to the organisation, in line with the service wide Circular No. SGF 50/S. II/C.2/268 of 4th December, 2017,” the statement explained.
Following the directive Emeka Nwajuba, Minister of State Education and Godswil Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta have resigned their appointments while the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, Abbas Umar Masanawa and others are yet to give in to the president’s directive as at press time.