BREAKING: 13 political parties threaten to boycott elections if CBN shifts naira swap deadline


Thirteen out of the 18 registered political parties have reportedly threatened to boycott the general election if the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) extends the deadline for the use of old naira notes.


The apex bank fixed February 10 as the deadline for the use of old naira notes.


The CBN had initially fixed January 31 as the deadline but shifted it as many Nigerians were unable to access the new N200, N500 and N1,000 notes.


Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, Kenneth Udeze, national chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), said the deadline already fixed by the apex bank must not be shifted.


 “We hereby announce that at least 13 out of the 18 political parties in Nigeria will not be interested in the 2023 general elections and indeed we shall withdraw our participation from the electoral process if this currency policy is suspended or cancelled or if the deadline is further shifted,” Channels quoted him as saying.


Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP), had also asked the CBN not to extend the deadline for the swap of the old notes.


His comments elicited criticism from the All Progressives Congress (APC), with the ruling party describing him as an “enemy” of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday asked Nigerians to give him seven days to resolve the crisis caused by the scarcity of new naira notes.


The president said he has seen reports about cash shortages and the effect on local businesses and ordinary people.


He said the remaining seven days of the 10-day extension will be used to crack down on the encumbrances mitigating the successful implementation of the currency redesign policy.


“I will revert to the CBN and the Minting Company. There will be a decision one way or the other in the remaining seven days of the 10-day extension,” the president said.


His position was made known after the APC governors had requested that the old and new notes should be allowed to co-exist.

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