The order by President Muhammadu Buhari to members of the Federal Executive Council to resign if they are nursing political ambitions has left many of them in dilemma.
Though some of the ministers have heeded the advice by the President to quit and face their ambitions, a few others have been left to decide whether they want to quit the cabinet or stay behind.
Staying behind means that some may have to forgo their political ambitions.
While some of the ministers have their eyes on the presidential seat, some others are eyeing the governorship seats of their states.
Those who have signified interests in the presidency include Rotimi Amaechi (Transport), Chris Ngige (Labour), Emeka Nwajuiba (Education), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta) and Timipre Sylva (Petroleum).
At least, two others, Abubakar Mallami (Minister of Justice and Attorney General) and Sunday Dare (Sports) were known to have shown interests to contest governorship in their states.
Amaechi, Nwajuiba, and Akpabio tendered their resignations on Wednesday.
However, Ngige is said to be in dilemma preferring to say he would consult his constituency before taking a final decision.
The statement by Ngige is believed to be a subtle way of showing that the minister is not sure of his decision to proceed with his presidential ambition.
NPO Reports learnt Thursday that the Minister of Sports, Dare, may have dropped his governorship ambition.
A presidency source told the NPO Reports Thursday morning that those who fail to resign within the stipulated time may be sacked officially if they don’t quit.
“The worry is that many of them don’t care if their ambitions bring some negative comments on the presidency as if Mr. President is condoning their ambitions while they are supposed to be helping him solve major problems,” the source said.
According to information available to the NPO Reports, some of the ministers were said to have tried to seek private audience with the President to no avail in order to seek further clarifications.