The All Progressive Congress (APC) in its new guideline has asked all political appointees who aspire to contest to resign at least 30 days before the conduct of primaries.
Recall that APC on Tuesday announced that its presidential primary election has been fixed for May 30 and June 1.
An official of the ruling party who spoke on condition of anonymity with Guardian noted that presidential aspirants have up till 30th of April to resign or they have to forget their ambition.
“For those aspiring for presidential primaries, they have just four days from today (Tuesday) to step down because the Electoral Act stipulates that they must do so 30 days to the presidential primary on May 30.
“Those angling for the governorship who have not done so are out of it because the governorship primaries are scheduled to hold on the 18th of next month. This is in line with laid down rules and regulations.
”According to Section 3(i) of the APC final guidelines for the conduct of primaries, states: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for the purpose of the nomination of candidates. Any political office holder interested in contesting for an elective office shall leave office 30 days before the date of election or party primary for the office sought.”
With the new guideline of the ruling party, the likes of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Labour Minister, Chris Ngige who has presidential ambition and the alleged governorship ambition of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has just three days to resign or forget their 2023 ambition.