Ngige withdraws from presidential race

By AdvocateNews on 13/05/2022

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 226

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has withdrawn from the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

He announced his withdrawal from the contest in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ngige’s announcement followed a valedictory session held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital, in honour of ministers seeking elective offices in the 2023 general elections.

He had declared his intention to run for President in the forthcoming polls while addressing a crowd of supporters on April 19 at his hometown in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Three weeks later, President Muhammadu Buhari directed all appointed members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to resign on or before May 16 – a directive which affected Ngige.

While the President went further to organise a valedictory session for the affected persons to appreciate them for their service, the labour minister decided to keep his ministerial job than continue with his presidential bid.

Stressing that he had yet to fill and submit the N100 million worth expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) bought for him, he explained that dropping his presidential ambition was in the interest of the nation.

Other reasons, according to Ngige, include family-related and to enable him to concentrate on his ministerial job and assist the present administration, especially in what he describes as the difficult last lap

He stated that he has since communicated his decision to President Buhari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

Read the full statement by the labour minister below:

WITHDRAWAL OF MY PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATION

On Tuesday, 19th April 2022, I publicly declared my interest to contest for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, following the constitutional provision that precludes our amiable incumbent President, Muhammad Buhari from seeking re-election to the office, as he would have completed his two terms in office by 29th May 2023.

The declaration was made in my hometown, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

My declaration was sequel to pressure on me from my constituents, political associates, friends, and other well-meaning Nigerians, who felt I possess the necessary qualifications and experience for the job.

Some of these supporters even taxed themselves to procure the Expression of Interest/ Nomination Forms of our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for me. The forms, however, are yet to be filled and submitted.

Today, 13th May 2022, I had an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him on May 11th, 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.

As a result of this, I will NOT be participating in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.

I took this momentous decision firstly in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me to concentrate on my job, and assist the President and the Government, to weather the difficult last lap, in the life of the administration and secondly for other family reasons.

I have since communicated this decision to the President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

My constituents, political associates and well-wishers across the country are by this statement informed of this latest decision, which also has the blessing and support of the overwhelming majority, hence supersedes any other interest, personal or otherwise.

Thanks and God’s blessings.

Senator (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, MD, OON
Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment

Posted 13/05/2022 7:26:37 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Nigeria records 553 new COVID-19 cases, total now...

SEED OF DESTINY TODAY --LIVING WITH A CONSCIENCE...

Police confirm accidental shooting of officer by colleague...

Gunmen storm Niger Market, abduct nine

Kwara court orders man to control traffic for...

Gunmen attack Rivers Police Division, release all suspects...

Danbatta: NCC has powers to make e-Waste regulation...

Saraki loses senate seat in Kwara

Hoodlums break into Benin prison, set inmates free...

Gunmen abduct 11 council workers in Abia, demand...

Woman raped, butchered to death by bandits in...

Payment of $462m for fighter jets, impeachable offence,...

 

Latest News Buhari’s exclusion of South-East fueling insecurity -Tambuwal 2023 Presidency: Coalition organises one-million-man march across 36 states, FCT for Peter Obi 1,490 illegal routes enter Nigeria, says NIS FRSC inaugurates 20 Officers of Junior Course 1 for Command, Staff College Gunmen storm Ukpor again, shot man, abduct Pastor's husband Dead body disrupts flights at Lagos airport PDP Primaries: David Mark warns Atiku, Wike, others, says Guidelines won't be compromised Troops sweep IPOB/ESN’s hideout, seize arms, ammunition in Imo N80b Fraud: Accountant-General to remain in detention I did not beat up my constituent —Sen Nnamani IPOB: No plan to suspend Facebook over alleged use to incite violence — FG Sanwo-Olu imposes total ban on Okada in 6 LGs, 9 LCDAs

 

Most Read Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (359,598 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (359,598 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (359,597 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (359,597 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (359,597 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (359,597 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (359,597 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (359,596 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (357,550 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (352,242 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (290,438 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (290,371 views)

 

 

SECTIONS FAITH (159) EDITORIAL (23) NEWS (9,043) POLITICS (514) SOCIETY (135) SPORTS (65) BUSINESS (378) HEALTH (63) EDUCATION (51) INTERNATIONAL (217) ENTERTAINMENT (61) TECHNOLOGY (6) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (46)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.