Presidential race: Ngige makes detour, after valedictory session,retains ministerial position’

There was a mild drama on Friday, as the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, a Presidential  aspirant under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) makes a detour to contest, indicating willingness to continue working as a minister.

Penpushing reports that Ngige made this known after a valedictory session President Muhammadu Buhari has with him and nine other ministers who are seeking elective political office.

The Minister in the statement said he has briefed the President about his decisions, explaining that he had audience with the President on Friday, as a follow up to the one he earlier had with him on May 11, 2022.

“Today, 13thMay , 2022, I had an audience with the President, Muhammadu Buhari as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him on 11thMay , 2022. 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’, Ngige wrote.

The former Governor of Anambra State  said he was withdrawing his ambition in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me concentrate on his job, assist the President and the Government, weather the difficult last lap, in the life of the administration and for other family reasons.

Penpushing further reports that, as at the time of filing this report, it was not unclear if the President will allow Ngige to continue in office as Minister after a valedictory session has been held for him.

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