2023: 10 ministers resign, as Buhari bids farewell
10 members of the Federal Executive Council have resigned their appointments ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The ministers were on Friday hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari to a valedictory session at the presidential villa.
This was disclosed by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, who addressed journalists after the session.
The ministers informed that nine of the outgoing ministers were present for the session.
He, however, said not all the 10 ministers, who are aspiring for political office, had resigned from office as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This morning, there was a valedictory session for 10 members of the Federal Executive Council who have indicated their desire to aspire for higher offices,” the minister said.
Lai Mohammed did not name those who have resigned from office.
Following a recent directive that public officials who intend to contest in the general elections to resign, three members of Buhari’s cabinet have announced their resignations. They are Ogbonnaiya Onu, the science and technology minister; Emeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education; and Godswill Akpabio, the Niger Delta minister.
Others like Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipriye Sylva, who seek to be president and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, who seeks to be Kebbi governor, were yet to announce their resignation as of Friday morning.
There is also Tayo Alasoadura, the minister of state for the Niger Delta Affairs and the Minister of Women’s Affairs, who are running for Senate in Ondo and Plateau States respectively.
The Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, is seeking Abia State governorship ticket.
The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs will be the most hit, as both Ministers are affected.
The minister declined to comment on the fate of the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the report of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan joining the race.