Four serving ministers under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have resigned following the directive from their principal on Wednesday.
They are Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
The Ministers resigned their appointment after President Buhari ordered members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) seeking elective offices to resign on or before Monday, May 16.
A Digital and New Media aide to the president, Tolu Ogunlesi, in a tweet on Wednesday, claimed two ministers had resigned, while a third minister had “reportedly resigned”.
He wrote: “So far, two ministers have now resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to pursue their presidential aspirations.
“A third minister has now reportedly resigned. Also to pursue Presidential ambition.”
However, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has claimed he wants to get clarification from Buhari before he makes a decision on resigning.
All the Ministers, who have stepped down, are seeking to clinch the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general election.
They will be contesting in the primaries against the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, among others.