Minister of Employment and Labour, Senator Chris Ngige joins 2023 presidential race.
Chris Ngige is scheduled to publicly declare his intention on April 19, the media office stated.
Senator Chris Ngige, says he is yet to inform President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to contest for presidency because he has not yet concluded his consultations.
Chris Ngige is one of the cabinet members in the Buhari’s administration who have shown interest in their principal’s seat at the end of his (Buhari) tenure next year.
“I visited Enugu State governor as part of my nation-wide consultation. Even though he is in PDP, he is an Igbo man.
“He is a very realistic, discerning person. Don’t forget also that Enugu is the capital of the former Eastern Region. And you know that respect is reciprocal.
“Over the week, I also consulted some other Nigerians not allied to any political party. Therefore, I had to consult the Enugu State governor over my intention to contest and to seek his views too.
“He told me to kick the ball into the net.
“So this journey is not for APC members alone. Our brothers in PDP are easily agreed that I tower above some of the persons aspiring to the position in their party.
“I have no fear whatsoever. I am equal to the task. Even our brothers in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will join us in the task ahead,’’ Mr Chris Ngige quoted.
Minister of Employment and Labour, Senator Chris Ngige also said:
“What we did in Anambra in 34 months, those who did eight years have not done them.
“I did 34 months during which I laid the foundation for the new Anambra. I didn’t just lay the foundation; I also took the house beyond the lintel level.
“I built schools, returned schools to the missions, rescued Odumegwu Ojukwu University from the status of a glorified secondary school – built structures there and secured accreditation for 15 courses including Law and Medicine.
“I rehabilitated and upgraded our general hospitals, including Enugwu-Ukwu, Onitsha and Amaku in Awka and restructured the state’s civil service and also introduced examinations as a basis for promotion.
“I built more than 500km of roads across all senatorial zones that are still standing today.
“I also inherited N42 billion debts when I assumed office. I didn’t talk about it. I put my hands on the plough and started working and cleared arrears of pensions and salaries, among others,’’.
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