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Godswill Akpabio. Onu Resign To Face Presidential Race After Executive Order

Godswill Akpabio. Onu Resign To Face Presidential Race After Executive Order

Godswill Akpabio. Onu Resign To Face Presidential Race After Executive Order

Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, resigned a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s command on Wednesday.

Jackson Udom, the spokesperson to Mr Akpabio, confirmed the resignation of his principal on Wednesday.

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Mr. Onu has reportedly also forwarded his resignation letter to Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Messrs Akpabio and Onu, both former governors of Akwa Ibom and Old Abia State, respectively, are presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Godswill Akpabio. Onu Resign To Face Presidential Race After Executive Order

Mr. Buhari had ordered all FEC members (except Vice President Yemi Osinbajo) who are seeking nomination as their party’s presidential candidate to quit by May 16.

The president’s order followed the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit challenging section 84(12) of the electoral legislation.

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The Court of Appeal reversed the ruling of the Federal High Court in Umuahia, which declared the section unconstitutional. Even though the Court of Appeal agreed that the clause was unconstitutional, it determined that the Federal High Court in Umuahia lacked the authority to hear the case.

Godswill Akpabio. Onu Resign To Face Presidential Race After Executive Order

The appellate court said that the plaintiff, Nduka Edede, lacked standing to pursue the lawsuit.

Earlier, Education Minister Emeke Nwajiuba, who is also running for president, tendered his resignation.

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It is expected that other appointees of the president will resign following his directive.

They are the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Minister of Women Affairs, Paullen Tallen; the Minister of Petroleum Resources (State), Timipriye Sylva; and the Minister of Mines and Steel Development (State), Uche Ogar

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