Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, has dubunked the news that he has resigned his post while announcing his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections.
The minister disclosed this in a statement personally signed by him on Friday May 13, 2022 said he took the “momentous decision” in the interest of the nation and to enable him to concentrate on his job.
Recall the labour and employment minister was one of the cabinet members present at the valedictory session which was held earlier today at the presidential villa in Abuja.
He was earlier reported that the minister along with other colleagues aspiring for elective position in the 2023 general elections to have resigned following the directive of the president.
The minister statement reads partly: “Having also consulted widely with my family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, it is my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the office of the president in the 2023 general election.
“As a result of this, I will NOT be participating in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary,” he said.
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Ngige said he chose to pull out of the race to assist the president and the federal government to “weather the difficult last lap” of the administration.
The minister also cited family reasons as part of the motivation to no longer pursue his ambition.
Ngige added that he has communicated his decision to the president and Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).
He said although he has received the expression of interest/nomination forms from his supporters, they are yet to be filled and submitted.
Emeka Nwajuba, is the only person to have made his resignation public from the ministers said to have resigned.
Read Ngige’s full statement below: