Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige has withdrawn from the 2023 presidential election.
This is coming after the minister met with President Muhammadu Buhari and consulted with his family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, so he said.
Recall that President Buhari had ordered all minsters vying for public office to resign on or before May 16.
A statement signed by Ngige on Friday in Abuja, said his withdrawal 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.”