The Presidency informed the newsmen on Monday that President Bola Tinubu has accepted the resignation of Simon Lalong, the Minister of Labour and Employment.
Following an appeal court decision on November 7, 2023, Lalong will now represent Plateau South Senatorial in the National Assembly, a seat he earned.
“Lalong has resigned. But it was not at the FEC meeting itself. It must have been after the meeting because, if it were earlier, the President or SGF would have announced it during the meeting,” a presidential aide told our correspondent.
Senate President Godswill Akpabio is scheduled to swear in the former governor of Plateau State later this week, it was gathered.
In the months preceding the February presidential election, Lalong held the position of Director-General for the Tinubu Campaign Organisation.
The Independent National Electoral Commission’s results show that he was unsuccessful in his bid for a Senate seat.
However, he challenged the result in court and won at the Court of Appeal.
It was gathered that Lalong, a lawyer and two-term Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, tendered his resignation privately to the President after last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House.
Confirming this, a Twitter user in the President’s camp, Imran Mohammad said, “President Tinubu, Accepted Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, Resignation from the cabinet, his valedictory will hold next FEC meeting.”
However, our correspondent confirmed that there would be no FEC meeting this week, making last Wednesday’s meeting Lalong’s likely final appearance as a council member.