- It is not unusual for Nigerians who have excelled in the corporate world to join politics
- This has been a normal feature of the political landscape in previous elections
- More are expected in the 2019 general elections and Ambassador Nurain Abayomi Mumuni is already towing that path
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ambassador Nurain Abayomi Mumuni has declared that his resignation from a corporate firm one of its directors has nothing to do with the forthcoming 2019 elections.
In a statement made available to journalists on Monday, June 18, Ambassador Mumuni stated that his decision to quit was to pave way for other people to take over and contribute to the growth of the company.
His resignation was also confirmed in a press statement earlier published on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) website.
He advised every Nigerian not to see positions of leadership as a do or die affair saying, “you do your best while you are in office and leave the rest for others with talent and experience to continue from where you stopped. That is why I see it necessary at this point to step aside.”
Mumuni, who contested as the 2011 gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state under the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, maintained that the resignation, contrary to insinuations, has no connection with the forthcoming elections.
His words:“I didn't resign because of my plan to contest in the forthcoming elections. Besides, this is a private business and not the civil service where people have to resign to pursue their political dreams.
“Hence, my resignation has nothing to do with my plan to contest. I resigned honourably and I appreciate the entire members of the board for the great team work during the period.”
Ambassador Mumuni said though he has not made up his mind to contest, he promised to declare when the time comes.
“I'm still consulting. I may be vying for the Senate in the Lagos Central Senatorial District, which has been my dream for years, because right now, we have a sitting governor in our party who is doing well. I may not vie against him,” he concluded.
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Meanwhile, the immediate past representative of Ohaukwu/ Ebonyi federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Peter Oge-Ali, has said that the Igbos had fully embraced the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Oge-Ali, who made the disclosure on Friday, June 15 in Abakaliki in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), noted that the Igbos have realised the mistakes they made during the 2015 general elections.
The APC stalwart, who was formerly of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), said that Igbos had realised that APC was the only realisable path to the country’s presidency in 2023.
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