Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, on Monday evening, officially stepped down from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, Newsbreak reports.
Amaechi resigned to pursue his presidential ambition in respect of the 2023 general elections.
In a press statement issued by the Amaechi Presidential Media Committee (APMC) signed by Kingsley Wali, the former Rivers State Governor expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of Nigeria.
“Your Excellency (President Buhari), it has been a great honour and privilege serving as a member of your cabinet following your historic victory at the polls in 2015. Under your administration, the Ministry of Transportation has recorded significant achievements, made possible by your visionary support and commitment to ensuring that we deliver on our mandate.
“As I embark on the next phase of our mission to work towards a better Nigeria for ALL NIGERIANS, I humbly seek Your Excellency’s prayers, blessings and look towards your continuous support and guidance,” Amaechi’s statement reads in part.
Amaechi’s official resignation comes six days after President Buhari directed all ministers seeking elective public office to resign before May 16.
It is believed that about ten ministers seeking elective positions in the 2023 elections have tendered their resignations already.
Amaechi will contest to become the flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The party’s primary election comes up May ending.