President Bola Tinubu has officially confirmed the resignation of Simon Lalong from his cabinet, as the Minister of Labour and Employment.
Lalong’s departure from the cabinet was confirmed by the Presidency after he officially tendered his resignation to Tinubu, to be inducted into the Senate as the elected representative of Plateau South Senatorial District.
The former Plateau State Governo tendered his resignation, following an appeal court ruling on November 7, 2023, which declared him the legitimate winner of the Plateau South senatorial seat.
It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission had earlier declared his opponent as the winner, while Lalong successfully challenged the result, leading to his victory at the court.
According to a Presidential Aide who spoke to the PUNCH, his resignation from the cabinet came after the last Federal Executive Council Meeting.
The source noted that if the letter was earlier submitted to the Presidency, the President or the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would have announced it during the FEC meeting.
“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,” the source said.