President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), aspiring to contest elective offices in the 2023 general Elections to resign from their present offices on or before May 16 in order to avoid a conflict of interest.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure on Wednesday while briefing newsmen at the end of a FEC meeting presided over by President Buhari.
He said that the President had received the resignation of the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba seeking to be President. He said the President expects the council members seeking to be President “to resign with immediate effect.”
The Minister also disclosed that he did not have the mandate to talk on the fate of other political appointees who are also vying for elective positions, but are not members of the cabinet.
Some of the aspirants affected include Minister Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio; Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipreye Sylva; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, who have all joined the Presidential race on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Others are: Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is vying for Governor of Abia State; Minister of Women Affairs, Paulline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for senatorial seat in Plateau State.
A source in the cabinet who spoke anonymously 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.”