The APC Professionals Forum has termed the president’s instruction to cabinet officials standing for elected office in 2023 to resign as a necessary step to guarantee that administration does not deteriorate ahead of the party’s primary.
The forum’s National Co-ordinator, Mr Akeem Akintayo, stated this in an Abuja statement in response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s direction during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
The president has mandated that all cabinet officials running for elective seats in the upcoming general elections in 2023 leave their jobs.
“We are aware that Section 84 of the Electoral Act had been contentious since the National Assembly voted to retain it, in spite of President Buhari’s request for the amendment.
“We are also aware that there had been several court cases on the issue, even though our party, the APC had given a timeline for political appointees seeking elective positions to resign.
“In the midst of all these are cabinet members and key members of the Buhari administration who have been in campaign mode rather than paying close attention to their official duties.
“So we are elated that rather than allow all these to affect governance, the president has given a clear directive to all his appointees interested in running for various offices to resign on or before May 16,” he said.
Akintayo said this was a good move in line with democratic ethics and would ensure that there were no distractions in the run-up to the APC primaries slated for May 30 and June 1.
He, however, appealed to Buhari to ensure that the outgoing cabinet members were swiftly replaced with competent hands.
He said judging from the number of ministers who had purchased nomination forms to contest elective offices in 2023, there was a possibility that at least nine key cabinet positions at FEC and many other MDAs would be left vacant.
“So since the Buhari administration has to be seen to be working till its last day in office, we expect that the president would move fast to replace the departing ministers.
“We therefore urge the president to replace the outgoing political appointees with competent professionals who are committed APC members, to be placed in the key positions that would be vacant in a few days time,” Akintayo said.
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