Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has withdrawn his presidential ambition.
Senator Ngige made the announcement in a press release he personally signed in Abuja.
Read the full statement below:
On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, I publicly declared my interest in running for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, following the constitutional provision preventing our beloved President, Muhammadu Buhari, from being re-elected to the post. to seek office, as he would have completed his two terms by May 29, 2023. The statement was made in my hometown, Alor, Idemili-South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
My statement was a successor to pressure on me from my constituents, political associates, friends and other well-meaning Nigerians, who felt I had the necessary qualifications and experience for the post. Some of these supporters even taxed themselves to obtain the expression of interest / nomination forms from our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for me. However, the forms have yet to be completed and submitted.
Today, 13 May 2022, I had an audience with the President, Muhammadu Buhari as a follow-up to the one I had with him earlier on 11 May 2022.
Having also consulted widely with my family, voters, supporters and well-wishers, it is my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the office of President in the 2023 general election.
As a result, I will NOT participate in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.
I made this important decision first in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me to concentrate on my work, and to assist the President and the Government, to get through the difficult last round, in life. of the administration and secondly for other family reasons.
I have since communicated this decision to the President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
My voters, political collaborators and well-wishers across the country are informed by this statement about this latest decision, which also has the blessing and support of the overwhelming majority, and therefore replaces any other interest, personal or otherwise.
Thank you and God’s blessings.
Senator (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, Managing Director, OON
Honorable Minister of Labor and Employment.