2023: resign or be fired, presidency tells political appointees

Abuja—The Presidency has stated that political appointees who are planning on contesting for political office but refuse to resign would be fired.

President Muhammadu Buhari had
urged members of his cabinet and other government personnel with political ambitions to quit by May 16.

Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu who made this known in a Channels Television interview on Thursday, noted that any political appointee with political aspiration who remain in service, “would have someone decide for him or her.”

Shehu emphasized that the presidential mandate is plain and straightforward and that appointees must follow it.

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He added that the circular of the government to the effect was issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and duly approved by the President.

“We are dealing with a government policy, a government directive, a circular of the government issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation duly approved by the President [which] clearly states who is to go.

“So, I think that in a few occupied offices like that, you make the decision by yourself otherwise, someone would decide for you. So, that’s the point,” he said.

The presidential spokesman averred that the uproar over the cost of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination and expression of interest forms was needless.

According to him, aspirants can raise funds through a variety of sources, including donations from friends, acquaintances and well-wishers.

Shehu, on the other hand, stated that it is not the presidency’s role to order the different anti-corruption authorities in the country to probe the candidates’ sources of money.

He also proposed that the APC should not reimburse money spent on the forms if an applicant changes their mind about running.

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