The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will decide the fate of ministers who declared interest in elective offices but later backed out.
He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja while addressing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. According to him, he will need to confirm the status of the returning ministers from the President.
“The other question about ministers returning or not going, I think you need to give me more time so that I can tell you exactly what the situation is,” he said during the briefing.
“Right now, I need to cross-check. I need to confirm again from Mr President what the situation is. You see the final decision on who is going, who’s coming back, who’s not going lies with Mr president.”
Recall that the president had directed that members of his cabinet seeking elective positions in the 2023 poll should resign. Approximately nine ministers were impacted, albeit several of them afterwards reversed their intention to run for an elective position.
He had expressed gratitude to ministers for serving in his tenure. The ministers include the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Uche Ogar; Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen.
Others are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu.