With the new guideline released by the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the party’s primaries, the Ministers of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Labour, and his Labour, Chris Ngige will have to resign before the 30th of this month if still consisting for the presidency.
Recall that Amaechi and Ngige have declared to run for the presidency under the platform of APC.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who is reported to be interested in the governorship position of his home state of Kebbi, no longer has a chance, as the new guideline has effectively cancelled his ambition.
According to the APC’s new guidelines Nigeria stipulated that all political appointees who aspire to participate in its primary elections at all levels must resign at least 30 days before the conduct of the primaries.
The new guideline automatically leaves some of President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointees like Amaechi and Ngige, who are running for the 2023 presidency, with just three days to resign or forget their ambitions.
This is in consideration of the fact that the APC primary election for the presidency, according to the ruling party’s timetable has been scheduled to hold between May 30 and June 1.
Governorship, Senate, Federal and State Assembly primary elections to select APC candidates for the general elections, according to the party’s timetable, will hold between May 18 and 23, meaning that appointees for such positions who are yet to resign by today would have lost whatever was left of their chances to contest in the primaries.
By implication of new guidelines, Malami no longer has a chance to contest for the governorship position in his state.
An official of the party who spoke on anonymity confirmed the development. He said presidential aspirants still occupying various appointive positions have up till the 30th of this month to resign their positions.
The official further explained that governorship aspirants occupying appointive positions who have not resigned before the 18th of this month are ineligible to vie for the governorship of their respective states.
“For those aspiring for presidential primaries, they have just four days from today (Tuesday) to step down because the Electoral Act stipulates that they must do so 30 days to the presidential primary on May 30,” the official said.
Section 3(i) of the APC final guidelines for the conduct of primaries, states: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for the purpose of the nomination of candidates. Any political office holder interested in contesting for an elective office shall leave office 30 days prior to the date of election or party primary for the office sought.