Nigeria: Lalong Resigns As Labour and Employment Minister

Mr Lalong, a former Plateau State governor, tendered his resignation letter to President Tinubu on Tuesday to take his seat as senator for the southern district of the North-central state.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, on Tuesday, resigned from his position.

The minister’s spokesperson, Simon Macham, said in a statement on Tuesday that Mr Lalong tendered his resignation letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to enable him to take his seat as the senator for the Plateau South Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He was declared winner of the 25 February senatorial election on 7 November by the Court of Appeal, which sacked Napoleon Bali, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Bali was earlier announced the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) and represented the district until the court’s judgement.

INEC issued Mr Lalong the certificate of return last month.

In the statement, Mr Macham said the minister’s decision to relinquish his ministerial position was not made lightly because of the trust and confidence that President Tinubu placed in him in his cabinet having served as the director general of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council which delivered victory for the APC.”However, after extensive consultations with Your Excellency, critical stakeholders and my constituents, it has become expedient for me to proceed and take my seat at the Red Chambers to continue to contribute to the Renewed Hope agenda of your Government and the growth of our democracy at large,” the statement said.