President Buhari orders FEC members with Political ambition to Resign

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all Ministers aspiring to be President in 2023 to resign immediately.

The President singled out the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba for braving the odds to quit to avoid conflict of interest.

But other Ministers seeking to be Governors, Senators, and House of Representatives members have failed to resign.

They were busy trying to seek clarifications on the issue to see if they were affected.

A visibly angry President Buhari said he had received the resignation of Nwajiuba, the minister of State for Education who is also seeking to be President.

He said: “I expect other members of this council seeking to be President to resign with immediate effect.”

A source in the cabinet said: “We were not clear if this directive will affect other ministers aspiring to be governors, senators, and House of Representatives members.

“We are expecting more clarifications soon.”

Some of the aspirants include the Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipreye Sylva and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.

The issue of the resignation or Otherwise of members of the Federal Executive Council with Presidential and Other ambitions in the 2023 Elections has been raging for some time.

This especially became more pronounced following the controversy that surrounded the passage of the contentious section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Aside from the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who had resigned his appointment before today, many members of the Federal Executive Council have also indicated an interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, Minister of State For Petroleum Affairs, Timipre Sylva, Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele have all purchased the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the APC Presidential Primaries.

Others who have also indicated Interest in contesting include President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, Governor Muhamad Badaru of Jigawa State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor Kayode Fayemi, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

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