The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race in the interest of the nation and to enable him to concentrate on his job.
Chris Ngige Withdraws From Presidential Race
KanyiDaily recalls that the minister had declared to run for presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while addressing a crowd of supporters on April 19 at his hometown in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed all members of his cabinet seeking elective offices in the 2023 elections to resign on or before May 16.
Two days after Buhari’s directive, Ngige in a statement he personally signed on Friday announced that he has quit the presidential race to help the President finish the work his administration started.
The statement reads, “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.”
KanyiDaily recalls that another APC presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba has withdrawn from the race after collecting N83 million in donations from Nigerians.