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Ngige withdraws from 2023 presidential bid after Buhari told him he won’t be reappointed if he loses primary

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Minister of Labor, Dr Chris Ngige has abandoned his presidential ambition after being told by President Muhammadu Buhari, he won’t be returning to the cabinet if he loses in the coming All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, scheduled for May 30.

According to Ngige, after meeting with Buhari on Friday, he was able to confirm his resignation would mean he would be out of his administration, which expires next year.

Recall that after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari asked all appointees to resign their position, to enable them concentrate on their 2023 ambitions.

Ngige, however issued a statement saying he would meet the president to clarify the demand for resignation.

“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.

“I have since communicated this decision to the President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” Mr Ngige said in a statement on Friday evening.