- Chris Ngige has given his take on endorsing a particular presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 elections
- Ngige on Wednesday, January 4, said all the frontline candidates are his friends and that is why he cannot campaign for or against anyone of them
- The minister of labour and employment, however, called on Nigerians to vote for only the candidates who will make things good for the country
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has said that major presidential candidates for the coming 2023 elections are his allies, which is why he cannot campaign for or against anyone of them.
Speaking in Anambra on Wednesday, January 4, Ngige urged Nigerians to look at the candidates and their manifestos and vote for who will make life better for them.
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The former Anambra governor stated that the four frontline candidates, Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso are good, adding that he has worked with them in one way or the other, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Ngige shares what Atiku did for him
On the former vice president, the minister said Atiku was the one was asked the police to reinstate him when he was shoved out of office.
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“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Vice President (former) the Federal Republic of Nigeria was the man who was in the helm of affairs when I was ‘kidnapped’- when I was shoved out of office.
“He was standing in for Mr President ( Obasanjo), who was in Maputo, and he ( Atiku) ordered the Inspector General of Police then, the late Tafa Balogun, to reinstate me to office. I also worked with him on the economic team of the National Economic Council as the Vice President. So, I know him, and he is a friend of mine, and we also formed AC together."
Tinubu's relationship with Ngige
Ngige explained that he and Tinubu worked together to form Action Congress (AC).
“Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my friend again- supportive. During trying times; we formed AC together. I became the known opposition Senator in the Eastern region under the auspices and platform of the ACN. So, he is not somebody I don’t know."
Peter Obi is my friend and brother, Ngige says
Describing Obi as his successor, friend, and brother, the minister noted:
“Peter Obi, my brother, my successor, and my everything, I know him too and he is a friend. So, how do I campaign against any of them?"
Ngige's relationship with Kwankwaso
As to his relationship with Kwankwaso, Nigige said:
“Malam Kwankwaso is my friend, I know him too as deputy speaker when he was deputizing Agunwa Anekwe, one of our party’s strong men."
2023 presidency: Ngige hesitates to endorse Bola Tinubu over Peter Obi
Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, appeared to hesitate in endorsing his party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.
Ngige, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said he will make his choice at the ballot.
“I’m not active in politics for now because I am facing national assignment,” he said when asked his preferred candidate between the APC’s Tinubu and the Labour Party’s Peter Obi.