Ngige, Malami Other Ministers Can’t Withdraw Resignation Letters – Falana
Mr Femi Falana the Human rights counsel and Elderly Advocate of Nigeria, has blamed the pullout of the abdication letter by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, describing it as illegal and unconstitutional in Nigeria.
STATE POST hard reports that Ngige pulled out of the 2023 presidential race to retain his clerical seat.
The former governor of Anambra State and member of the All Progressives Congress made his pullout known in a statement on Friday.
Having also consulted extensively with my family, ingredients, supporters, and well- provision
It’s my pleasure to advertise the pullout of my interest and earlier decision to dispute the office of the President in the 2023 general choices.
As a result of this, will NOT be sharing in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.
I took this momentous decision originally in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me to concentrate on my job
Help the President and the Government, during the delicate last stage in the life of the administration, and secondly for other family reasons.
I’ve since communicated this decision to the President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, he stated in a statement.
But replying to the development in a statement on Friday, Falana said similar pullout from Ngige and reported pullout of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, was illegal, unconstitutional in Nigeria.
According to him, the pullout constitutes a gross violation of section 306 (2) of the Nigeria Constitution.
In a statement named,‘Withdrawal of abdication letters by former Ministers is illegal, he said, Having abnegated from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)
The administration,Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, andDr. Chris Ngige were reported to have withdrawn their letters of abdication after the farewell meeting.
Similar pullout is illegal as it constitutes a gross violation of section 306 (2) of the Constitution which stipulates that The abdication of any person from any office established by this Constitution
Shall take effect when the jotting signifying the abdication is entered by the authority or person to whom it’s addressed or by any person authorised by that authority or person to admit it.
“ Since the abdication of the former Ministers has taken effect, they can not return to the press either on their own volition or on the directive of the President.
The abdication of the Ministers isn’t a press reshuffle. It’s akin to the junking of the former Ministers by the President.
Thus, if the ex-ministers are going to be reappointed as Nigeria ministers, the President is needed to through by section 147 of the Constitution to submit names to the Senate for fresh webbing and evidence.