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Malami, Amaechi, Others To Appear Before APC Screening Panel With Resignation Letters

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Amaechi Malami Ngige

Ministers and political appointees who are seeking elective office are reportedly set to appear before the All Progressives Congress (PAC) Screening Panel with copies of their letters of resignation and acknowledgement.

This development followed the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, that all members of his cabinet who have political ambition must vacate their offices on or before Monday, May 16.

Some of the ministers and political appointees have started resigning their appointments following the presidential directive.

Cabinet members that have resigned include the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

According to The Punch, the ministers and the political appointees might need to submit copies of their letters of resignation and acknowledgement before they are screened by the committee.

An APC chieftain told the newspaper that the submission of their resignation letters might form part of the additional requirements to be met by the aspirants.

The party chieftain added that the cabinet members would have to collect their acknowledgement letters from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He, however, said any cabinet member who has a political ambition but refused to resign is setting himself or herself up for disqualification.

He said, “From all indications, the party will ask appointees to come with resignation letters and letters of acknowledgement. All those who refuse to resign will just be setting themselves up for disqualification.

“At this point, it will be safe for anyone who is an appointee to just resign whether you are a minister or not. I am sure the APC will be issuing a statement anytime from now on the matter.”