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Too late to come back: Why Falana faulted Ngige, Malami on withdrawal of resignation after valedictory session


Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana has fired back at two ministers, Abubakar Malami and Chris Ngige that they are no longer ministers.
Falana issued a statement to tell the two that it was too late for them to withdraw their resignation after President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday held a valedictory meeting with them.
Falana, on Friday, however, said the withdrawal offended Section 306 (2) of the 1999 Constitution.
It was some hours after the president had bid them farewell that Ngige beat a retreat through a letter he wrote to say that he is no longer interested in the presidential contest he had earlier announced.
Also, Malami announced his disinterest in the earlier publicises plan to contest the Kebbi State gubernatorial election.
Falana argued in his letter that the constitution of Nigeria recognises the two as former ministers after their valedictory session with the appointing officer.
He said, on the basis of the law, the two ceased to be ministers after the session bidding them farewell, which implies they had left office.
Falana said the two are barred by law from returning to an office they had vacated unless through reappointment and going through the processes of screening and clearance by the Senate.
Some of the affected nine ministers had immediately after the president’s directive handed in their letters to resign.


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