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Presidential candidacy: Amaechi leaves his post as Minister of Transport

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Rotimi Amaechi resigned as Minister of Transport.

The development was confirmed by a ministry insider on Monday.

According to the source, the minister resigned following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on appointees interested in running for the 2023 elections.

The president had, on May 11, ordered all candidates for elective office to resign by May 16 at the latest.

On May 13, when Buhari held a farewell session for ministers seeking elective posts, there was no development on whether Amaechi had tendered his resignation.

Speaking after the farewell session, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, told state House correspondents that 10 members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had expressed interest in standing in the general elections.

On whether all the ministers had tendered their resignation at the time, Mohammed said “some have done it and others are doing it”.

The Minister of Information had also quoted the President as saying that “the vacancies will be filled very soon without delay”.

Amaechi joins the likes of Ogbonnaya Onu and Godswill Akpabio who also resigned as ministers to run for president in the 2023 elections.

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba resigned as Minister of State for Education in April to run for the presidency.

Meanwhile, Chris Ngige, Minister for Labor and Employment, and Pauline Tallen, Minister for Women’s Affairs, have withdrawn their resignations.

While Ngige withdrew from the presidential race, Tallen withdrew from representing the Southern Plateau Senatorial District in the National Assembly.