Pressure appears to be mounting on Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi to resign following his last weekend’s formal declaration for the 2023 presidential race.
His party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), declared yesterday that all its members currently holding political appointments and seeking participation in the party’s forthcoming primaries must quit their positions in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
Section 84 (12) of the Act stipulates that political appointees, including ministers/commissioners and special advisers, should quit to be eligible to participate either as delegates or contestants at the convention of their political parties.
Many of such appointees at the state level have resigned accordingly with the June 3 cut-off date set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the parties to complete their primaries fast approaching.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Felix Morka, told The Nation on the phone yesterday that the party would ensure that all political appointees in APC wishing to contest the 2023 elections comply with Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act.
Amaechi is the only member of the federal cabinet who has publicly declared his interest in the APC presidential primaries so far. He is yet to resign a week after his declaration.
There are also speculations about the presidential ambitions of Labour and Productivity Minister Chris Nigige and Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio as well as the governorship aspirations of Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami and Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
“The position of the party is consistent with the Electoral Act. We are allowing our affected members who may have the intention of contesting the primaries to comply with the Electoral Act as provided,” Morka said yesterday.