The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige says he is “seriously consulting” to run for President in 2023.
Mr. Ngige disclosed this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, noting that he is “qualified” to be President of Nigeria.
“I told my constituents that were urging me on last December that I will do some consultation and that I will speak to them in April, during Easter. So I am doing my consultations,” he said when asked if he would run for President.
Though he said he was yet to inform President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, some Nigerians, including a former Inspector-General of Police, have asked him to run.
However, tghe former Anambra State governor stressed that he would not be running based on regional sentiments, amid the clamour for a South-East Presidency.
Ngige said, “If I’m going to run, I won’t run because I’m Igbo,” he said. “I will run as Chris Nwabueze Ngige, a Nigerian citizen, from the South-East of Nigeria, precisely Anambra State, and from a local government called Idemilli South and a town called Alor.
“I am not going to wear a toga of Igbo President. I’m of Igbo extraction but very qualified to be President of Nigeria.”