Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to ministers and appointees with political ambition to resign, four of his ministers have now resigned.
Recall that the directive was given by Buhari on Wednesday.
DAILY GIST has deemed it fit to share the names of Ministers who have resigned from their position.
1. Emeka Nwajuiba
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba was the first minister to resign on Wednesday
Nwajuiba’s resignation letter was read by President Buhari during the FEC meeting on Wednesday.
The minister turned in his resignation letter to pursue his 2023 presidential bid.
2. Godswill Akpabio
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio on Wednesday night resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
The development was confirmed by the spokesperson of the minister, Jackson Udom.
Akpabio hopes to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari when his tenure ends in May 2023.
3. Ogbonnaya Onu
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu has resigned from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sources disclosed that the minister turned in his resignation letter on Wednesday evening, to pursue his presidential ambition.
4. Rotimi Amaechi
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has reportedly resigned from his position to pursue his presidential ambition.
The resignation of the former Governor of Rivers State was confirmed in a tweet by APC Twitter UK handle.
The Ministers resigned their appointment after Buhari ordered members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) seeking elective offices to resign on or before Monday, May 16. Tolu Ogunlesi, a media aide to the president, in a tweet on Wednesday, claimed two ministers had resigned, while a third minister had “reportedly resigned”.
He wrote: “So far, two ministers have now resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to pursue their presidential aspirations.
“A third minister has now reportedly resigned. Also to pursue Presidential ambition.”
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.
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.
Nigerians would be hoping that the likes of Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Attorney-General of Federation, Abubakar Malami and others would resign from their position