Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has dropped his presidential ambition and promised to avoid “internal party processes” of the APC (APC).
The minister said the decision was made to allow him to focus on his administrative obligations.
As per the law, our pleasant incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, cannot seek re-election as he will have completed his two terms in office by 29th May 2023.
“It was created in Alor, Idemili South LGA, Anambra State. Voters, political allies, friends and well-meaning Nigerians had urged me to resign, citing my qualifications and expertise.
“Some of these supporters even taxed themselves to get the APC Expression of Interest/Nomination Forms for me. But the forms are still unfilled.
“I had an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari today, 13th May 2022, as a follow-up to my earlier 11th May 2022 audience.
I am pleased to report that I have withdrawn my interest in running for President in the 2023 general elections after extensive consultation with my family, constituents, supporters, and friends.
The primary is the first internal party process I will not be participating in as a result.
The decision was made in the national interest, to allow me to focus on my job and assist the President and the government, as well as for personal considerations.
“I have informed the President and the Secretary of the Federation of this decision.[T]he overwhelming majority of my constituents, political associates, and well-wishers across the country have approved and supported this newest choice, which trumps any other interest, personal or otherwise.