Emeka Nwajuiba, Minister of State for Education has resigned from his position to pursue his political interest in the 2023 presidential election.
His resignation was announced during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday May 11.
Nwajiuba is among the six ministers who have obtained the N100 million presidential forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the primaries slated for the end of this month.
Mr Nwajiuba had vowed not to resign despite section 84(12) of the Electoral Act. However, the Court of Appeal on Wednesday set aside the judgement of the lower court.
Mr Nwajiuba is the first appointee of the president to resign after his directive on Wednesday.
Aside from the Electoral Act, the decision of Mr Emeka Nwajiuba to join the race generated outrage.
The purchase of the form for the minister generated negative reactions on social media because of the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Many condemned the purchase of the form for the minister as well as his presidential ambition even though students of Nigerian universities have been at home since February 14 when the strike commenced.