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2019: Labour minister Ngige eyes return to Nigerian Senate

2019: Labour minister Ngige eyes return to Nigerian Senate

- Labour minister Ngige says his people are pressuring him for a return to Nigeria's upper legislative chambers

- Senator Ngige says he is considering the idea and has begun making consultations on the matter

- The result of the consultations, he says, will be made public in two weeks' time

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige has revealed that he is under immense pressure from the South East geo political zone to run for the senate in 2019 and he is giving it a serious consideration.

According to Vanguard, Ngige made the announcement while addressing newsmen at Obosi in Idemili North local government area of Anambra state.

The minister said due to the pressure, he has begun consultations on the issue and he would make the results known in the next two weeks.

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He said: “The people who are pressurising me, including my constituents, people of Anambra State and some prominent people from the South-East, are all in agreement that we need to go and better the milieu of the Ninth Senate.

“Many people feel that the present Eight Senate has been engulfed in a battle of supremacy with the executive and they feel that some of us who have tested the executive and Senate before should go back.

“I am considering it; I am consulting and the result of my consultations will be made known in a fortnight because by then, I would have concluded my consultations.”

“What makes a good national assembly is that the electorate should get people who are cerebral, people who are energetic, people who know other Nigerians and people who have the reach, to represent them so that they go there and negotiate and not bully.”

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Ngige, an ex-governor of Anambra state from 2003 to 2006, represented Anambra Central in the country’s upper legislative chambers from 2011 – 2015 and has been a minister in President Buhari’s minister since late 2015. recalls that Ngige's announcement comes just days after another minister in President Buhari's cabinet, Aisha Alhassan, wrote a letter to the Nigerian leader to notify him of her interest in running for governor in Taraba state.

The Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan, who is popularly known as Mama Taraba, said she would be running on the platform of the ruling APC.

Mama Taraba is known to be an ally to former vice president Atiku Abubakar, who is running for the presidency on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

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