- Ministers who are presidential hopefuls have been ordered to vacate their offices with immediate effect
- The stern order was given by President Muhammadu Buhari during the FEC meeting on Wednesday, May 11
- The order came a day after the Senate amended the newly signed Electoral Act 2022 to allow statutory delegates vote and take part in activities of their parties
Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, May 11, asked ministers who have declared their intention to run for the presidency in 2023 to resign from their various offices with immediate effect.
A report by The Nation quoted Buhari to have said at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting:
“I expect other members of this council seeking to be President to resign with immediate effect.”
Other ministers seeking to be governors, senators, and House of Representatives members are still trying to seek clarifications if they were affected.
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A source in the cabinet 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.”
President Buhari gave the order towards the end of the weekly FEC meeting.
2023: Who my successor will be, Buhari speaks to Nigerians
Meanwhile, months after lifting the suspension of Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, President Buhari on Monday, May 2, used the social media platform to send his heartfelt wishes to Nigerians, especially Muslims following the successful conclusion of the Ramadan fast.
President Buhari, when asked who he would like to be his anointed successor, replied: “The person that Nigerians elect.”
This reply came after Buhari had been reminded that in recent times he had given a nod to several All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential hopefuls.
Senator Orji Kalu pulls out of 2023 presidential race, gives reason, reveals new position he's contesting for
Recall that Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had announced his withdrawal from the race.
In a statement sighted by Legit.ng on Monday, May 9, Kalu said his decision was informed by the fact that the All Progressives Congress (APC), his party, had refused to zone the presidency, particularly to the southeast zone where he hails from.