At least four serving ministers under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have resigned following the directive from their principal on Wednesday.
They are Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, who tendered his resignation even before President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all cabinet members interested in contesting the 2023 elections to quit his government. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister for Transport, Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology.
In fact, findings show that Nwajiuba, who President Muhammadu Buhari commended for taking the initiative to resign before his executive directive to ministers and political appointees, actually resigned on April 28.
The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has resigned from the cabinet of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
“Senator Akpabio who also resigned his appointment as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Ministry and will soon submit his nomination form at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, in line with his party’s guidelines,” this was disclosed in a statement released by his aide, Jackson Udom, late Wednesday.
However, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has claimed he wants to get clarification from Buhari before he makes a decision on resigning.
Obviously, to avoid litigations that might negatively impact the chances of All Progressives Congress APC, candidates, Buhari had directed all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) interested in elective offices to resign on or before Monday, May 16.
All the Ministers, who have stepped down, are seeking to clinch the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general election.
They will be contesting in the primaries against the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, among others.