NewsNigeriaPoliticsNaira redesign policy was targeted at me, but I was determined to win the election – Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, reflected on the challenges that erupted in the build-up to the 2023 general election, particularly the Godwin Emefiele-led Central Bank of Nigeria’s, CBN, naira redesign and cash swap policy which threatened his political ambition.

Speaking in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State at the palace of the paramount ruler of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebu Land, President Tinubu said he remained hopeful of achieving victory in the February 25 presidential election, despite the ineffective naira redesign policy implemented by the CBN.

On how he surmounted the challenges posed by the policy, the President said he visited Oba Adetona and invoked the spirits of freedom, symbolised by “Baba Emi l’okan.”

“Our monies were confiscated. The cashless policy didn’t work, it was terrible then. I realised that and I came to Ogun State to invoke the spirit of freedom which we are noted for,” he said.

“I invoked that spirit twice. The spirit of Baba Emi l’okan. That’s Baba (referring to the King). Being blunt, being decisive, that’s him; he will tell you.

“The second spirit is that money or no money, we will do the election and we will win. And that, ever since, has been the spirit that is driving me to serve.”

President Tinubu expressed his gratitude to Oba Adetona, all the Obas, and elected officials, particularly his “personal friend”, Senator Gbenga Daniel, the senator representing Ogun East.

He thanked them for their loyalty and commitment during those crucial times ahead of the general election.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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