Education Minister resigns following Buhari’s Directive
Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, confirmed the resignation, according to Channels TV.
Mr Nwajuiba’s resignation came just hours after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered all political appointees running for office in the 2023 election to resign on or before May 16.
Despite section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, Mr Nwajiuba had vowed not to resign. The Court of Appeal, on the other hand, overturned the lower court’s decision on Wednesday.
Education Minister resigns
Mr Nwajiuba is the president’s first appointee to resign since his directive on Wednesday.
Apart from the Electoral Act, Mr Nwajiuba’s decision to enter the race sparked outrage.
Because of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the purchase of the form for the minister drew criticism on social media (ASUU).
Even though Nigerian university students have been at home since February 14, when the strike began, many have condemned the minister’s purchase of the form as well as his presidential ambitions.
Project Nigeria is said to have obtained the expression of interest and nomination forms.
Political journey of Nwajuiba
Before being appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister served in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003 under the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) and was re-elected in 2019 on the platform of the Accord Party.
After the FCT High Court Kubwa sacked Chike Okafor, Ehime Mbano/Ihitte Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency of Imo State, and declared him (Nwajiuba) the winner of the election, he returned to the House.
However, the FCT High Court’s decision was later overturned by the Appeal Court and then the Supreme Court. Mr Nwajuiba, on the other hand, was already a cabinet minister at the time.
During his time in the 9th House, he ran for Speaker but stepped down in favour of Femi Gbajabiamila, the eventual winner.
Did the Education Minister resign?
Emeka Nwajiuba, has resigned to focus on his presidential ambitions
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