Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has declared his withdrawal from the presidential election in 2023.
This comes only 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all members of the Federal Executive Council who want to compete for elected offices in the 2023 general elections to quit by May 16.
Ngige said he made the “momentous choice” to withdraw from the contest today, May 13, in the interest of the country and to allow him to focus on his work.
“Today, 13th May 2022, I had an audience with the president, Muhammadu Buhari, as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him on 11th May 2022. 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
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.