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Ngige Drops Presidential Ambition after Told He Won’t Be Reappointed If He Loses Primary

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has dropped his presidential ambition after being told he won’t be returning to the cabinet if he loses the ruling party’s presidential primary.

Ngige said he met President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday and got clarification that his resignation would mean he would be out of government, which expires next year.

Mr Ngigi had earlier been asked to resign his position as labour minister to concentrate on his presidential ambition, on which he issued a statement saying he would meet the president to clarify the demand for resignation.

“As a result of this, I will NOT be participating in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.

“I took this momentous decision firstly in the overall interest of the nation, to enable me to concentrate on my job, and assist the President and the Government through the difficult last lap, in the life of the administration and secondly for other family reasons.

“I have since communicated this decision to the President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” Mr Ngige said in a statement this evening.

However, it remained unclear whether or not the president insisted on his resignation since he had already declared his political ambition before a circular was issued on May 11.

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