2023: Ngige withdraws from presidential race

By our reporter| Labour and employment minister, Chris Ngige on Friday pulled out of the 2023 presidential race.

Ngige, who made the disclosure shortly after the valedictory session for departing minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, said he took the “momentous decision” in the interest of the nation and to enable him to concentrate on his job.

He further stated that although he has received the expression of interest/nomination forms from his supporters, they are yet to be filled and submitted.

His withdrawal comes less than two days after President Muhammadu Buhari directed all members of his cabinet seeking elective offices in the 2023 elections to resign on or before May 16.

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“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, he said in a statement.

“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.”

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.

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The minister also cited family reasons as part of the motivation to no longer pursue his ambition.

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