President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered appointees and members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) intending to contest elective offices in 2023 elections to resign on or before Monday (May 16th, 2022).
Those affected are Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu;
There also Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; who have all joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Others are the Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for governorship position in Abia State; Minister of Women Affairs, Paulline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in Plateau State; and Minsiter of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who is gunningbfor governorship in Kebbi State.
The presidential directive was handed to the cabinet members during Wednesdays FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of FEC presided over by President Buhari.
The Minister said: “The mandate I have from the President is to announce that all members of the Federal Executive Council contesting for elective office must resign their ministerial cabinet appointments on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.”
When asked if the directive affects the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who is vying for the post of President, the Information Minister, said that “the Vice President was elected, he was not appointed.”
On the fate of other political appointees like the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who may also be running for the post of President, Mohammed said the directive may be extended to non-cabinet members.
However, “as of this moment, the mandate I have is for members of the Federal Executive Council.
“Subsequently, it might affect other political appointees but that will be made known. If there is going to be any amendment or any inclusion, you will be informed in due course,” he stressed.
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