Some of the technocrats in the banking industry who reached the apex of their careers have also joined politics where they contested elective positions.
Below are two former Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who were later elected as governors of their respective states.
1. CLEMENT ISONG:
Clement Isong was appointed as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon in August 1967.
He was the head of Nigeria’s apex bank till September 1975 before he ventured into politics.
Isong was elected as the first Governor of Cross River State under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria(NPN). He was in office between 1979 and 1983.
His running mate was Mathias Ofoboche. Clement Isong died in the year 2000 at the age of 80.
2. CHUKWUMA SOLUDO:
Chukwuma Soludo, a Professor of Economics was Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria between 2004 and 2009. He was appointed by the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The 61-year old Economist contested for the Anambra Governorship election under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and won with a landslide victory.
He will be sworn in as the executive Governor of Anambra State in March 2022.
His running mate is Dr Onyekachi Ibezim.