The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, and others involved in the 2023 campaigns have been told to resign in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Musa Sarkin Adar representing Gada Goronye Federal Constituency in Sokoto revealed this in an interview with Arise Television on Wednesday.
He was reacting to the directive issued by President Buhari to Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, and Heads of Government Agencies that they should not abandon their official duties for political campaigns.
The President gave the directive on Tuesday at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Ministerial Performance Review Retreat, saying that any infraction will be viewed seriously.
Speaking on the matter, Adar said Keyamo and other government appointees actively involved in campaigns should immediately resign or get sacked.
The lawmaker said no minister or any other government official should take advantage of their office to run for office without tendering his or her resignation letter.
He said: “The President’s directive to his ministers that nobody should abandon his statutory official work as minister to go and play politics is in order but he should have added that any minister who should participate in active politics should resign immediately as we’ve seen in the days of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Six months to time he’ll call a meeting saying anyone Interested in politics should resign and go.
“That we’ve not since in this government. The ministers even attempted to contest various political positions. They submitted their resignations, or they announced it and later went back to their offices, and yet nothing happened. I’m on the same page as President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Any minister that wants to go and campaign for the presidential candidate of the APC, whether on the state or national level, should resign. They should resign and be men of honour. You cannot eat your cake and have it.
“You’re occupying the prestigious position of minister. You’re not the only one. You were chosen among many and you’re being paid for that. You cannot just stick to your office and take advantage. If any minister goes to campaign for any political party whether APC or any other party they want to migrate to they should be sacked immediately.”