Nigerian Buhari tells Cabinet ministers planning to run for office to resign

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari delivers a statement on vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a European Union – African Union summit, in Brussels, Belgium, February 18, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo

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ABUJA, May 11 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that any minister wishing to stand in next year’s elections must step down by May 16, the information minister said on Wednesday.

Nigerians will vote early next year for a new president, state governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives.

“Mr. President has ordered all members of the Federal Executive Council who contest elective office to resign no later than May 16. Thereafter, this may affect other government appointees in due course,” said Lai Muhammad to reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress party will hold primary elections to select candidates, including the one for president, later this month.

Under the electoral law which was amended in February, no elected politician is authorized to contest the primaries of a party or to vote during these primaries.

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Reporting by Felix Onuah, writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe, editing by Catherine Evans and Alex Richardson

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