JUST IN: Labour Minister Ngige Withdraws From 2023 Presidential Race

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Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has reportedly withdrawn from the 2023 presidential election.

This was disclosed in a statement signed and released by the minister on Friday in Abuja.

This is coming some days after President Buhari issued a directive that all his appointees vying for public office should resign on or before May 16.

According to reports, Mr Ngige took the decision after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and consulting widely with his family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers.

In the statement, Mr Ngige said his decision to drop from the race has been communicated to the President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF).

The statement reads:

“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 elections.

“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. I took this momentous decision firstly in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me concentrate on my job, and assist the President and the Government, weather the difficult last lap, in the life of the administration and secondly for other family reasons.

“My constituents, political associates and well-wishers across the country are by this statement informed of this latest decision, which also has the blessing and support of the overwhelming majority, hence supersedes any other interest, personal or otherwise.”

The minister declared interest to contest for the office of the President on April 19 following the constitutional provision that precluded Buhari from seeking re-election to the office. He made the declaration in his home town, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

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