Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige has, on Friday, bowed out of the 2023 presidential contest.
According to him, the decision was taken after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and consulting widely with his family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers.
He said President Buhari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha have been briefed of his decision to maintain his present political appointment.
Ngige’s decision to drop out of the race followed the directive of Buhari to his appointees vying for public office to resign on or before May 16.
Ngige was contesting under the All Progressives Congress.
The statement reads, “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 elections.
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“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. I took this momentous decision firstly in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me concentrate on my job, and assist the President and the Government, weather the difficult last lap, in the life of the administration and secondly for other family reasons.
“My constituents, political associates and well-wishers across the country are by this statement informed of this latest decision, which also has the blessing and support of the overwhelming majority, hence supersedes any other interest, personal or otherwise.”