Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has warned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) against extending the withdrawal of old naira notes beyond the February 10 deadline.
He made the announcement despite the fact that millions of Nigerians across the country are having difficulty acquiring the redesigned currency notes.
In a statement issued by the Atiku-Okowa campaign organization on Wednesday, the PDP candidate stated that extending the deadline will undermine the purpose and goal of commencing the currency redesign.
Atiku said: ‘There should be no further postponement of the new naira regime after the expiration of the February 10 deadline. The vote riggers are seeking to push the CBN to extend till after the election when they would have achieved their evil plots. The CBN and the Presidency should be steadfast. The merits of the new naira policy far outweigh the little inconvenience we are experiencing.
“This is one policy that will benefit the country in the long term. We should not allow those selfish, parochial people with the narrow vision to derail it.”