Falana reveals how Buhari sacked ministers seeking elective positions

Falana reveals how Buhari sacked ministers seeking elective positions

President Muhammadu Buhari summoned and removed ministers involved in politics who refused to submit their resignation letters, according to renowned lawyer Femi Falana, SAN, on Monday, May 16.

Remember that the Minister of Labour and Employment Media Office denied Falana’s assertions that Minister Chris Ngige withdrew his resignation letter after his valedictory meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

The office stated in an Abuja statement that the minister had not written or filed a letter of resignation; and that Falana is insulting the public with a terrible crop of his bountiful imagination.”

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Falana made the revelation in a statement released Monday.

The statement read in part: “On Friday, May 13, 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari summoned the ministers. These were those who had submitted their resignation letters to a valedictory programme at the Villa. Equally invited to the programme were the other ministers involved in politics; but who had failed to submit their letters of resignation.

“At the brief ceremony, the President thanked the outgoing Ministers for their invaluable services to the nation through their contributions as Cabinet members. While giving them a pat on the back the President said; “I wish you success in the upcoming elections and in your future endeavours.

“After the farewell ceremony, the Presidency published the names of the 9 Ministers who had left the cabinet together with the farewell picture taken with the President. In the circumstances, the former ministers are stopped from denying their exit from the Cabinet.

“As far as the Constitution is concerned; the resignation of a Minister takes effect once the letter of resignation is received by the appointing authority. For the avoidance of doubt, section 306 thereof provides that; ‘The resignation of any person from any office established by this Constitution shall take effect. This is when the writing signifying the resignation is received by the authority or person; to whom it is addressed or by any person authorised by that authority or person to receive it. Apart from the direct and express provision of the Constitution, this is also the position as judicially proclaimed in several cases.'”

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