Two top officials of First Bank of Nigeria Limited are currently in the race to succeed the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, whose tenure expires in June, according to investigations by PACETV
The top bankers, according to a government official who pleaded anonymity, are the bank’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bisi Onasanya; and the Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu.
Both of them are from the South West region of the country.
They will be competing with the likes of the Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, and others who have so far been touted to be in the race to succeed Sanusi.
The source told our correspondent on Monday that a top industrialist from the South West, who has a link with First Bank, was at the forefront of the campaign for any of the two First Bank’s top officials to take over the leadership of the CBN at the expiration of the incumbent’s tenure in June.
He added that the industrialist personally submitted the curriculum vitae of the two First Bank officials to the Presidency.
The source, however, said he could not confirm whether the industrialist submitted the resumes at the behest of the two men or on his own volition.
The government official added that the industrialist also used the opportunity of the Power Sector Finance Conference he attended at the Presidential Villa on Monday to continue his lobby for the two bankers.
According to the information available on the First Bank website, Onasanya has over 23 years post qualification experience, and until his appointment as the GMD/CEO, he was the Executive Director, Banking Operations and Services.
Prior to joining the Board of First Bank, he was the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Pension Custodian Nigeria Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria.