The State Minister for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, on Wednesday resigned as a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
Nwajiuba, who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), resigned hours after Buhari ordered ministers interested in political positions to resign.
Buhari gave the directive when he presided over the weekly FEC meeting at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is excluded from the directive as an elected member of the cabinet.
Affected are Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta Affairs), Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment), Ogbonnaya Onu (Science, Technology, and Innovation), Emeka Nwajiuba (Education – State), and Timipre Sylva (Petroleum Resources – State.
They are all presidential aspirants and have purchased the nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC.
Others are the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who are governorship aspirants in Kebbi and Abia respectively, as well as Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who has declared interest to contest for a senatorial seat in Plateau State