Several Members of the Federal Executive Council has tendered their resignations, barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all FEC members seeking elective offices to resign on or before May 16.

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is the latest FEC member to  tendered his resignation, in order to be able to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Amaechi’s resignation comes after those of the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, all aiming for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

APC United Kingdom on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday announced the resignation of Amaechi, saying,

“Nigeria’s Minister of #Transportation, HM Chibuike R. Amaechi [@ChibuikeAmaechi] has resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to focus on his Presidential Campaign.
“Thank you for your service to Nigeria.”

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday ordered members of the Federal Executive Council to step down on or before May 16, before contesting for their intended offices in the coming elections.

During a State House Correspondents briefing, Lai Mohammed – the current Minister of Information and Culture, announced the move, shortly after the Federal Executive Council; presided over by His Excellency had ended.

“The mandate I have from the President is to announce that all members of the Federal Executive Council contesting for elective office must resign their ministerial cabinet appointments on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022,” he stated.

Mohammed also responded to questions asked concerning Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President; who joined the 2023 presidential race last month. In his words, “the Vice President was elected, he was not appointed.”

The Information and Culture Minister also hinted on a possible extension of the order, when asked about Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank Governor; who could possibly run for president. Recall that Emefiele is a political appointee.

“As of this moment, the mandate I have is for members of the Federal Executive Council. Subsequently, it might affect other political appointees but that will be made known. If there is going to be any amendment or any inclusion, you will be informed in due course,” he explained.

This directive would mean that several ministers would be at crossroads on a decision to take sooner than later. Other affected FEC members yet to tender their resignations are Ministers Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; and Petroleum Timipreye Sylva who joined the presidential race under the All Progressive Congress (APC) party.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who announced his governorship intentions for Kebbi State recently, Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar; running for Abia State governor, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who hopes to secure the senatorial seat in Plateau State, are also affected by the President’s directives

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