President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday, next week, excludes Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohamed, who conveyed the President’s directives during Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, said it excludes Osinbajo, because he’s an elected member of the cabinet.
VP Osinbajo is one the front line presidential aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The Minister, however, said if there are any amendments or additions to the President’s directive, they would be made shortly.
Mohammed further noted that the directive might involve political appointees if the need arises.
The cabinet members affected by the President’s directives are the Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba who have all declared their intentions to contest the presidential ticket of the APC.
Also contesting but for the governorship ticket of the APC in Kebbi State is the Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Similarly, the Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, is running for the governorship position in Abia State, while the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has already declared her ambition to contest for a Senate seat in Plateau State.