Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, has declared his intention to run for president in the 2023 general election.
However, the minister ruled out resigning ahead of his party's presidential primary, which is scheduled for May 29 to May 30, 2022.
Nwajiuba declared his candidacy for the position on Wednesday evening in Abuja, after receiving the APC Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms from a group known as Project Nigeria Group.
Project Nigeria, a support group, purchased the N100 million nomination forms for him.
Here are eight things to know!
- Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba a Nigerian politician and a lawyer was born 20 August 1967.
- He has previously served as the Chairman of TETFund Board of Trustees
- He completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Imo State University. He then joined the University of Lagos and completed Master of Laws (LLM) degree followed by a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law from the University of Jos. He was called to Nigerian bar in 1989.
- He contested for Imo governorship on the platform of All People's Party in 2003, 2007 and 2011
- He was elected a member of the House of Representatives in 1999 – 2003 where he served as House of Representatives committee chairman on Land, Housing and works.
- He was a founding member of All Progressives Congress and Secretary of the Constitution drafting committee that produced the Constitution that gave birth to All Progressives Congress in 2013
- He was the Chairman of Tertiary Education Trust Fund from 2017 to 2019.
- He was nominated for a ministerial role and became a Minister of State for Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019