Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige says he has not ruled out the chance of recontesting for the seat of Governor of Anambra State in 2021.
He stated this over the weekend in an interaction with newsmen shortly after distributing N5 million cash and food items as COVID-19 palliatives to vulnerable persons in his hometown, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra State.
The Herald can report that the donation was done through the Chris Ngige Foundation, which the minister explained targeted 1,000 vulnerable households for the intervention.
According to him, each household would receive N5,000 cash, a carton of indomie noddles, rice, carton of bottled water, among other items.
The minister said that the palliatives had nothing to do with his purported interest in the 2021 gubernatorial race, noting that the donations were handed out across party lines.
“Whether APC or PDP, APGA, Accord, APA, PPP, once you are vulnerable, you get. We started with my town. We will fan out to my local government, then to my entire senatorial district. We also intend to reach out to the church. If we don’t do it and COVID-19 kills all of us, what then will my foundation do?” the minister said.
Ngige was governor of the state from May 2003 to March 2006.
On his purported interest, he said he was not disqualified from contesting for governorship in 2021 if he so desired.
He added that he has the constitutional right to seek elective post in 2023 too.