Federal executive council members nursing political ambition are under marching orders from President Muhammadu Buhari to resign their positions on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.

The minister of information and culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed disclosed this to journalists after the weekly virtual FEC meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday

He said the president gave the directive at the FEC meeting.

“The mandate I have from the President is to announce that all members of the federal executive council contesting for elective office must resign their ministerial cabinet appointments on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022,” he said.

Asked if the directive would be extended to other federal appointees outside the cabinet like the CBN governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who has bought the presidential nomination and expression of interest form of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mohammed said only ministers are asked to resign as of now.

“As of this moment, the mandate I have is for members of the Federal Executive Council. Subsequently it might affect other political appointees but that will be made known. If there is going to be any amendment or any inclusion, you will be informed in due course,” he stressed.

Those affected are ministers of transportation Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; labour and employment, Chris Ngige; science, technology and innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba; minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, all of whom have joined the presidential race on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Others are the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; minister of state for mines and steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for governorship position in Cross Rivers State; minister of women affairs, Pauline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for a senatorial seat in Plateau State.

SUPERNEWS Nigeria recalled that Education Minister, Nwajiuba resigned April 28 and  earned Buhari’s commendation