Fourteen 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.
Kenneth Udeze spoke on Monday at a press conference by the Forum of Chairmen of Nigerian Political Parties and the Forum of Candidates for the 2023 General Election.
Udeze, who is the national chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), said the deadline already fixed by the apex bank must not be shifted.
“We hereby announce our resolution that at least 14 0f the 18 political parties in Nigeria will not be interested in the 2023 general election and indeed we shall withdraw all our participation from the electoral process if these currency policies are suspended or cancelled or if the deadline is further shifted,” Udeze said.
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.