Prior to the Federal republic of Nigeria’s order given by the president, Muhammadu Buhari that all his serving ministers aspiring for a political office or having the ambition should resign with immediate effect.
The minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajuiba has submitted his resignation.
Daily Post reports that the minister had picked the expression of interest and nomination forms from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, to contest for the presidency at the cost of N100 Million.
To avoid litigations that could jeopardize the chances of APC candidates in the forth coming elections, Buhari had directed that all members of the federal executive Council [FEC] running for elective offices should submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday 16th of May, 2022.
While the FEC meeting lasted, President Buhari had singled out Nwajuiba also commended him for his brave action to avoid conflicts of interest, and said ” I expect others of this honorable council seeking to be president to resign”.
Other expected ministers to resign include: Transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labor minister and employment minister, Chris Ngige; Science Technology and innovation, Ogbonnaya; who have all joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The rest are Attorney general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, who seeks to contest governorship position in Kebbi state, minister of state, Mines and steel, Uche Ogar, also running for governorship position in Abia state, and the minister of women affairs, Pauliline Tallen who declared her ambition to contest for senatorial seat in Plateau state.
The directive may not be unconnected with the appeal court ruling which set aside an earlier judgement against section 84 of the electoral Act 2022.
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