Former Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba actually resigned from office and member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on April 28, 2022 to pursue his Presidential ambition.
He is contesting under the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC).
Mr. Paul Odili, the Special Assistant to the former Minister of Education said “the Honourable Minister, on accepting the nomination form on the 27th of April bought for him by his supporters led by an umbrella group, Project Nigeria wrote the President on the 28th informing him that having accepted the nomination by his supporters to contest the office of the Presidency on the party’s platform that he would like to disengage from office to enable him concentrate on his campaign and to avoid any conflict of interest.
“I can tell you Mr. President immediately accepted his letter of resignation.”
Odili added: “Going by the requirements set by the party, so far it will appear on the surface that it is only Mr. Nwajiuba that is the only Buhari appointee to have met that requirement set by the party. It remains to be seen how the party’s screening committee will handle the issue.”
So, obviously, it is only Nwajiuba that took the initiative to resign before Wednesday May 11 executive directive to Ministers and other political appointees with political ambition to leave office on or before May 16th ahead of the party’s national convention slated for 30/31.
What is clear is that the Ministers and other political appointees who did not resign even before the Presidential directive may not be cleared by the APC screening committee as they have failed to comply with article 3(L) of the party’s guidelines which directs that all political appointees with political ambition should resign their offices 30 days to the party primaries and national convention.