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Resign if You Have Political Ambition; Buhari Tells Appointees

The President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all members of his cabinet and appointees vying for electoral offices to resign on or before May 16, 2022.

The order came at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the meeting.

Cabinet members affected include Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Justice minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Others include the Minister of State, Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for the governorship position in Abia State; Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest the senatorial seat in Plateau State.

In the meantime, The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has followed the directive of the President.

 Highly reliable sources within the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Ministry of science and technology confirmed to The PUNCH that the minister had indeed dropped his resignation.
“The minister was at the office of the SGF to drop his resignation. That was expected seeing as the president asked that they all should resign”, one source said.

Onu had on May 6, 2022, declared for the presidency under the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He follows the footstep of  the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba whose resignation was announced by the President during the FEC meeting.

Punch/ Oluwayemisi Owonikoko

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