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2023 ELECTION AMBITIONS: Rotimi Amaechi, Godswill Akpabio, Ngige, Other’s Fate Stand In The Balance As They Miss APC Party’s Resignation Deadline.

Amaechi. Akpabio, Malami & Ngige.

There has been very huge anxiety as Ministers in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari eyeing elective positions in 2023 remained in their offices as at Sunday, further deepening the confusion over their participation in their party’s primaries at the end of the month of May.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, had directed that all political office holders in the cabinet of the president, eyeing elective office should resign their appointments in both the federal and state levels a month before the primaries of the APC.

Precious Eze’s Blog” notes that while there has been noticeable compliance at the state levels, federal appointees serving in Buhari’s cabinet, such as Rotimi Amaechi, Transport, Godswill Akpabio Niger-Delta, Chris Ngige, Labour and Employment and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, State for Education, as well as the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, have all refused to quit their various offices.

While the presidential primaries of the APC is scheduled for May 30 through to May 31, the governorship primaries is slated for the 17th of the month and Abubakar Malami is yet to resign from the Federal cabinet.

The guideline of the APC compels a one month resignation by any office holder seeking elective position and the aforementioned ministers have all refused to adhere to this rule, even as the Minister of State for Education, Nwajiuba, dismissed the concern, saying that “The resignation of a minister or anybody who is in office is guided by the constitution to contest elections.

In the minister opinion, he says, “My position is that the law of the country rests on the ground norm called the constitution. If you do not like the constitution, your work is to amend it. There is no subrogation of power that is required for you to include into a law what is not deemed as included in that law”, referring to the provision of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which requires those in public service to retire 30 days before the election they seek to participate in.

Again brought up in their refusal to step down is the fact that this is in contravening the contentious Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, which also demands resignation before participating in primaries and while they have their last hope against possible disqualification in the Constitution, senior lawyers have told them they could be walking a very tight rope.

Leading lawyer, Femi Falana, told Nigerian Tribune that those aspiring ministers are not covered by the constitution because they do not belong to the class of public servants envisaged by the provision.

He said, “The appointees are not public servants. The provision in the Constitution applies only to those in public service. The ministers are not in this category and the Court of Appeal had stayed the judgment of the Umuahia court. 


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