POLITICS-HOW PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN EXPELLED MINISTERS…

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The sudden sack of nine Ministers on Wednesday
by President Jonathan is still a surprise to many
political watchers of in and outside the country.
Not even the affected Ministers were expecting it
to happen. Most of them had earlier thought the
cabinet reshuffle would happen in May 2013 when
Jonathan’s administration clocked two, but it
didn’t come.
Going by what The Nation newspaper published,
few factors may have contributed to the axing of
the former executive members, but the prominent
factor might be the political angle to it. It is
believed that the Ministers were shown the way
out based on the allegiance to the perceived
Jonathan’s political adversaries.
It is true that some of the affected cabinet
members were nominated by some of the
rebellious PDP governors, who are now with the
new PDP formed by Atiku Abubakar.

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A source who claimed to be in the know of the
happenings told the paper that, “people alluded to
this factor (political) because some of the
Ministers were nominated by their governors.
Such Ministers are Prof Ruqayyatu Rufai
(nominated by Governor Sule Lamido); Zainab
Kuchi (by Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger
State); Alhaji Bukar Tijjani (from Borno now being
controlled by APC without being unable to
mobilise PDP to launch counter-attack).”
“For Shamsudeen, who was not nominated by
Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, his alleged cold war
with the Kano State Governor led to the
factionalisation of PDP in his state. He became a
political risk for Jonathan to retain him in the
cabinet,” the source added.
The paper, according to the source, also said that
Ms Amal Pepple, who is from Rivers State, though
not nominated by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, may
have lost her job because she was “unable to
read the President’s mood on the crisis in the
state.”
“Concerned about her state, Pepple recently
walked up to the President, knelt down and asked
him to forgive Governor Rotimi Amaechi of
whatever sin the governor had committed.
Although Pepple was not nominated by Amaechi,
her U-Turn made the Presidency suspicious of her
loyalty.
“Her innocent intervention in Rivers crisis and fact
that she was also just waking up to make impact
at the Ministry of Housing and Urban
Development cost her the job,” a source told The
Nation.
On Ashiru’s removal, the source further informed
the paper that, “there is a strong suspicion that
since the Presidency was uncomfortable with ex-
President Olusegun Obasanjo, who brought Ashiru
into the cabinet, the minister’s days were
numbered. In spite of the mediatory role of
Obasanjo in PDP crisis, the position of the
Presidency was that he had only attempted to
clear the mess he created. Ashiru might just be a
scape-goat.”
Speaking on the case of the Minister of
Environment, Hadiza Mailafia, the source declared
that, “the tempo of political situation in Kaduna
requires a change of guard.”

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