Jonathan Sacked Youth Development Minister Because He Failed to Rig Youth Council Election
The failure of the Minister of Youth Development to ensure that a pro-Jonathan candidate, Yakubu Shendam emerged as president in the recently concluded election of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) is believed to be responsible for the sack of the minister by President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday.
Yakubu Shendam was defeated by Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, a candidate allegedly sponsored by the five northern PDP governors who had been traversing the country to hold discussions over problems in the PDP.
The election which held at the weekend in Minna, the Niger state capital was a follow up to the earlier one held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on May 26, 2013, but ended in a deadlock.
In the Benue election hosted by the governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, Shendam was declared winner and the former youth minister presented him to President Jonathan, leading to a flood of petitions questioning the credibility of the process.
The development led to a fresh election in Minna where Abdulmajeed defeated Shendam to emerge the president of NYCN. The emergence of Abdulmajeed was said to have infuriated the presidency which felt slighted that its candidate could not be made president of the council.
A terse statement issued by the secretary to government of the federation (SGF), Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, directed Abdulkadir to hand over the business of the ministry to the permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth Development.
The statement by the SGF announcing Abdulkadir’s removal expressed Mr. President’s appreciation to the former minister for the time he put in the service of the nation and wished him success in his future endeavours.
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