Nigerians will vote early next year for a new president, state governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives.
“Mr. President has directed all members of the federal executive council who are contesting elective offices must resign on or before May 16. Subsequently, it may affect other government appointees in due course,” Lai Muhammad told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.
Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress party will hold primary elections to select candidates, including that for president, later this month.
Under the electoral law that was amended in February, no political appointees are allowed to contest party primaries or vote during such primaries.