President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday directed Ministers aspiring to be President in 2023 to resign immediately.
President Buhari commended the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba for braving the odds to quit to avoid conflict of interest.
However, other Ministers seeking to be Governors, Senators and House of Representatives members were busy trying to seek clarifications if they were affected by the directive.
The President gave the quit notice at the tail end of the Federal Executive Council weekly meeting held at the Presidential Villa.
Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House Correspondents shortly after the meeting.
A visibly angry President said he had received the resignation of Nwajiuba seeking to be President.
He said: “I expect other members of this council seeking to be President to resign with immediate effect.”
A source in the cabinet said: “We were not clear if this directive will affect other ministers aspiring to be governors, Senators and House of Representatives members.
“We are expecting more clarifications soon.”
Some of the aspirants affected include Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Justice minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Others include the Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for governorship position in Cross Rivers State, the Minister of Women Affairs, Paulline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in Plateau State.