Nigeria ElectionsBuhari Orders Malami, Amaechi, Ngige, Other Ministers With Political Ambition To Resign

ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday issued a directive for all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to resign from office.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Buhari on Wednesday.

According to the Minister, the ministers are expected to submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.

He said the directive excludes the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo because he is an elected member of the cabinet.

The Minister added that the directive might involve other political appointees who are also vying for elective positions but are not members of the cabinet if the need arises.

Those affected by this direction include: Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who have joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Others are Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, contesting for the governorship election ticket of APC in Kebbi State; the Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for the governorship position in Abia State; and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in Plateau State.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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