BREAKING: Labor minister Chris Ngige steps down from 2023 presidential race, stays in Buhari’s cabinet

Labor and Productivity Minister Chris Nigige said on Friday that he had withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race and therefore remained in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet as a minister.
In a press release obtained by SaharaReporters signed by the minister and titled “Withdrawal from my presidential aspiration”, Ngige said he made the decision after consulting his constituents and political associates.

“Today, May 13, I had an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari, building on the one I had with him on May 11, 2022. After also consulting extensively with my family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, I am pleased to announce my withdrawal of interest and my earlier decision to contest the office of President in the 2023 general election,” he said.
On Wednesday, Buhari had called on all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) contesting elective positions in 2023 to step down.
They were asked to submit their resignation letters no later than Monday, May 16, 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 arose, the directive could involve political appointments.

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