In apparent bid to forestal loosing at both ends, Labour and Productivity Minister, Senator Chris Ngige has thrown-in the towel.
Just as allcitynews.ng learnt from reliable source that more aspirants currently serving in the PMB’s cabinet may also withdraw from the presidential race in order to retain their seat.
Aware he will not win the Aso Rock seat, he chose to remain in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet by withdrawing from presidential race.
Choosing to loose the none refundable N100 million paid for the form, Ngige, in his signed statement titled, “Withdrawal of my presidential aspiration”, said he took the decision after consulting with his constituents and political associates.
“Today, May 13, I had an audience with the President, Muhammadu Buhari, as a follow-up to the one I earlier had with him on May 11, 2022. Having also consulted widely with my family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, it is my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the office of the President in the 2023 general elections.”
It would be recalled that PMB on Wednesday called on all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) contesting elective positions in 2023 to resign or be shown the way out.
They were asked to submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.
According to the Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the order excludes the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo because he is an elected member of the cabinet.
Mohammed added that if the need arises, the directive might involve political appointees.