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House of Rep summons Airline Operators, NNPC and Emefiele as Gbajabiamila walked out deputy



May 9, 2022

Regarding the lingering aviation fuel crisis rocking the nation that made the airline operators proposed a warning strike which was later aborted at the last minute, the leadership of the House summoned Airline Operators of Nigeria, Group Managing Director of NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, Mr Emefiele and others to a meeting on Monday May 9.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday, walked out a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Obiora, from the venue of a meeting at the National Assembly after Emefiele had sent his Deputy to represent him at the meeting.

Mr Obiora told the ad hoc committee that the CBN Governor was unavoidably absent.

Mr Gbajabaimila, who was visibly angry, directed Mr Obiora to leave the hearing with a message directed at Mr Emefiele.

“The House recalled leaders from their various constituencies where they will be involved in primaries because of the urgency we attached to it, which the CBN governor should know better because the issue centres around FX rate and jet fuel price.

“It is imperative that the GMD, who is here, and the CBN governor, who calls the shot when it comes to FX availability should be here.

“I don’t want to get into much details because I will get very upset. Please, pass that message to him, that he was needed here—we all have important things to do—there is nothing that can be as important. Just pass that message to him,” he said.

However, in the course of the meeting, Mr Emefiele quietly entered the hearing room less than one hour after his deputy was walked out.

In another development, earlier today, Mike Ozokheme was at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on behalf of Mr Emefiele, where he argued the right of his client to participate in the 2023 presidential election.

Mr Ozekhome urged the court to issue an interim order stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) from disqualifying him from participating in the primary election of his preferred political party.

But ruling on the ex parte application, the judge, Ahmed Mohammed, ruled that he would rather order INEC and the AGF to appear to state their side of the case instead of granting the CBN Governor’s request.