Minister Of State For Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Resigns

Minister Of State For Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Resigns

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has tendered his resignation.

This was confirmed as President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all cabinet members interested in contesting the 2023 general elections to quit his government.

Nwajiuba had picked the expression of interest and nomination forms from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to contest for the presidency at the cost of N100 million.

The minister last month while speaking on his intention to run for presidency, had stated that it  he would only resign 30 days to presidential election as stipulated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

However, it seems he changed his mind as the president during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting had singled him out for braving the odds to quit to avoid conflict of interest.

Buhari had directed that all members of the FEC running for elective offices should submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

“I expect other members of this council seeking to be President to resign with immediate effect,” he said.

Other ministers expected to follow suit include: Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya, who have all joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Others are Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who is seeking to contest governorship position in Kebbi State, Minister of State, Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for governorship position in Abia State, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Paulline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for Senatorial seat in Plateau State.

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