- A few hours after Buhari ordered presidential aspirants to resign with immediate effect, the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajuiba has resigned his appointment
- His resignation was announced during the FEC meeting held on Wednesday, May 11 and confirmed by the senior special assistant to the president, Garba Shehu
- The presidential hopeful decided to quit his job and focus on his aspiration ahead of the APC primaries and 2023 general election
This is coming a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), who are vying for elective positions in the coming 2023 general election to resign on or before 16th May 2022.
His resignation was announced during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, May 11, and was however confirmed by the senior special assistant to the president, Garba Shehu, The Nigerian Tribune added.
According to the minister, he quit the cabinet in order to focus on his presidential ambition and the forthcoming All Progressives Congress (APC)'s presidential primary election.
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He is among the six ministers who have obtained the N100 million presidential forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the primaries slated for the end of this month.
Other ministers in the race
Others are Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, and Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
Buhari has given all those interested in the 2023 contest a deadline of Monday to leave his government.
President Buhari has constitutional right to extend tenure - Robert Clarke
In another development, elder statesman, Chief Robert Clarke had called for the extension of President Buhari's tenure.
Clarke says the growing insecurity challenges in the country do not provide a safe haven for the electorate.
He however stated that the time frame leading to the 2023 polls was not enough to curb insecurity in the country.
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.