The minister of state for education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba has picked up the N100million presidential nomination form of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).The announcement was made by Abubakar Sidiq Usman, special assistant (New Media) to the President of the Senate. He said: “The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba becomes the first person to pick the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the APC Presidential Primary as a group of Nigerians raised over N100m from where they purchased the forms for him.” According to a report, supporters group of the minister gathered the sum of N100million to purchase the form for him. However, with Nwajiuba joining the race, he becomes the third minister behind Rotimi Amaechi, Chris Ngige under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to declare interest in the presidency.
Meanwhile as stipulated in the new Electoral Act of 2022, Nwajiuba alongside his fellow ministers are expected to resign their position before the APC primaries.
In a similar development, the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has also paid for his presidential expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the 2023 presidential election. This was made known by the director, media and publicity, Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, Yemi Kolapo, in Abuja.