The APC Professionals Forum has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering cabinet members who want to contest for elective offices in 2023 to resign immediately.
The president issued the directive after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting yesterday.
Akeem Akintayo, national coordinator of the forum, said this in a statement in Abuja last night. while reacting to the President’s directive said:
“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.”
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.
“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,” he said
“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.”