Not less than nine Ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, have resigned their appointments following their 2023 political ambitions.
Their resignation now leaves Buhari with the option of looking for their replacements ahead of the 2023 elections.
Names and portfolios of the nine ministers
The cabinet members who resigned their appointment include
- Abubakar Malami – Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice
- Godswill Akpabio – Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
- Rotimi Amaechi – Minister of Transportation
- Tayo Alasoadura – Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs
- Ogbonnaya Onu – Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
- Pauline Tallen – Women Affairs
- Timipre Sylva – Minister of State, Petroleum Resources,
- Uche Ogar – Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development
- Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba – Minister of State for Education
The President had at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting ordered all cabinet members with political ambition to resign on or before Monday.
Buhari’s order was in line with the provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act which provides that, “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”