Day 72 of ASUU strike, education Minister picks N100m presidential nomination form


By Lanre Oloyede

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba, has procured the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress, APC, despite the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University, ASSU.

Nwajuiba beat other presidential aspirants on the platform of APC, to become the first to procure the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms on Wednesday.

The form, which costs N100m, was purchased by a coalition of some young political groups under the name of Project Nigeria group led by Hon Chidi Nwogu a member of the House of Representatives.

It is 72 days since Nigerian students are at home due to industrial action by University lecturers while the Ministry of education and labour has failed to find a solution to the impasse.

While addressing journalists at the national Secretariat of APC, leader of the group, Hon. Nwogu said they decided to contribute money to purchase the form for the minister because of his wide experience in both political and public office.

He said, “For 30years he’s been in politics, unblemished, a very humble open door policy lawmaker and also a very major supporter and detribalised Nigerian. This form is actually put together by persons from 36 States and it’s also an opportunity to make a case if at all we are making a case for South-east Presidency, we are also making a case for the president of Nigeria chosen by Nigerians not necessarily because he’s from the South-East but he’s young, reliable very experienced.”

“In 30 years he’s been in politics, he’s been at the executive level, doctor of law, he’s also on the executive arm, he’s been a legislator, he’s also contested governorship so many times. He’s been a very reliable person”, he added.