Following the directive from President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday on contesting ministers, two members of his cabinet have resigned their appointments.
It would be recalled that president Buhari at yesterday’s FEC meeting ordered Members of his cabinet who had ambition to resign.
Aftermath of the directive, Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, and Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology, have resigned their appointments.
Confirming the resignation of Senator Akpabio, Jackson Udom, his media aide issued a statement on Wednesday, while Onu was said to have submitted his resignation letter to the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).
“Yes. He has just submitted his nomination form to the organising secretary of the party,” Udom told an online media TheCable in a text message.
This development is coming after the announcement of the resignation of Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education.
Nwajiuba was said to have tendered his resignation on April 28, while President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development at the federal executive committee (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.
Also confirming the story, Tolu Ogunlesi, an aide to the president, in a tweet on Wednesday, said two minister had resigned, while a third minister had “reportedly resigned
“So far, two ministers have now resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to pursue their presidential aspirations,” Ogunlesi tweeted.
“A third minister has now reportedly resigned. Also to pursue Presidential ambition.”
The trio are seeking to clinch the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general election.
No fewer than 27 hopefuls are jostling to be the flagbearer of the party.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos; and Rotimi Amaechi, transportation minister, are also among contenders for the ticket.