Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a directive demanding the resignation of all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), contesting in the 2023 general election. ayokinews.com reports
This was disclosed in a tweet shared on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, by Tolu Ogunlesi, the Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to the President.
Just in: All members of President Buhari’s cabinet vying for public office will have to resign on or before May 16, 2022.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) May 11, 2022
Cabinet members affected by the new directive are those who have joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC): 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; and Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami.
Others include Uche Ogar, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, who is running for governor of Abia State, and Paulline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, who has expressed her intention to compete for a senate seat in Plateau State.
Despite the fact that Timipre Sylva, the State Minister for Petroleum, has been issued the APC presidential form, he has stated that his official acceptance and declaration would be made when he has completed the appropriate consultations.
Vice President turned presidential contender Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), will be unaffected by the president’s directive due to the fact that he is an elected administrator and not an appointed member of the cabinet.
Also excluded from the directive is Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who is an appointee of the president but not a member of the cabinet.
However, the Appeal Court ordered Emefiele to resign since all political appointees are prohibited by law from contesting in election while still in office.