Ministers serving in the Federal Executive Council who are nursing ambitions may resign in no time.
No thanks to the new guideline released by the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, which stipulated that all political appointees who aspire to participate in its primary elections at all levels must resign at least 30 days after the conduct of the primaries.
The new guidelines infer Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, and others who are gunning for the 2023 presidency have just three days to resign or forget their ambitions.
ACCORDING TO THE RULING PARTY’S TIMETABLE, the APC primary election for the presidency has been scheduled to hold between May 30 and June 1, 2022.
By implication, the new guidelines have also put paid to the ambitions of other aspirants for different elective positions such as governorship, senate, federal and state Assembly positions who have not yet resigned from their appointments as of yesterday as at the time of this report given that the primary elections to select APC candidates for the offices mentioned above, according to the party’s timetable, will hold between May 18 and 23.
An official of the party who pleaded anonymity said presidential aspirants still occupying various appointive positions have up till the 30th of this month to resign their positions.
“For those aspiring for presidential primaries, they have just four days from today (Tuesday) to step down because the Electoral Act stipulates that they must do so 30 days to the presidential primary on May 30.
“Those angling for the governorship who have not done so are out of it because the governorship primaries are scheduled to hold on the 18th of next month. This is in line with laid down rules and regulations,” he stated.
Section 3(i) of the APC final guidelines for the conduct of primaries states: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for the purpose of the nomination of candidates. Any political office holder interested in contesting for an elective office shall leave office 30 days prior to the date of the election, or party primary for the office sought.”