Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has said that he won’t be contesting for the 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial election, as he is too busy serving the country at the national level.
He spoke at his hometown of Alor, in Idemili Local Government Area of the State on Sunday, after presenting cash and food items, totaling N15m as COVID-19 palliatives to some vulnerable persons in the area.
Ngige said, “Whether you’re a member of APC or PDP, APGA, Accord, APA, PPP, once you are vulnerable, you get. We started with my town. We will fan out to my local government, then to my entire senatorial district. We also intend to reach out to the church. If we don’t do it and COVID-19 kills all of us, what then will my foundation do?
“Yes, there have been speculations that I am eyeing the governorship of Anambra State. They have written about it in a lot of media. I am a politician. They have the right to speculate on my next move. My next move is very vast.”
“Elections will come in 2023, I have a right to vie for any position. I can vie for Senate. I can vie for President if I so wish. Election will be coming in Anambra State, latest November 2021 to elect a successor to Obiano. I am not disqualified. I have a right to say I can run. I don’t have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment.”
“Our government has decided to enlarge the list of conditional cash transfer to bring more people. Some private individuals have made their own contribution running into billions. Government is sharing their own money and its own food to these people. It is still not enough. Individuals and organisations that can assist were beckoned on to assist. So, what my foundation is doing is part of the assistance.”
Ngige has in the passed served as governor of the state between 2003-2006 and was recently the senator representing his state constituency.