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2023: APC Gives Amaechi, Ngige, Others 72 Hours Ultimatum To Resign



The presidential bid of the Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his Labour counterpart, Chris Ngige has suffered setback due to the new guideline released by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.

The new policy of the party which was released on Tuesday ordered all political appointees aspiring to participate in its primary elections to either resign their current portfolio of forgo their ambitions.

The order further stated that they must resign at least 30 days before the conduct of the primaries which has been fixed for May 30 and June 1.

Amaechi and Ngige are part of the people seeking to replace president Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

An official of the ruling party who spoke on condition of anonymity said it is in line with the Electoral Act, Guardian reports.

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The official said, “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.

“Those angling for the governorship who have not done so are out of it because the governorship primaries are scheduled to hold on the 18th of next month. This is in line with laid down rules and regulations.”

This new development will also affect the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami who is also eying the governorship seat in his home state, Kebbi.
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.”

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