Jonathan Set to Sack FCT Minister, Four Others
Barely two weeks after President Goodluck Jonathan sacked four ministers from the federal cabinet, indication emerged that another five of the ministers may be dropped soon.
The sacked ministers were Elder Godsday Orubebe (Niger Delta), Stella Oduah (aviation), Dr Yerima Ngama (state for finance), and Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (police affairs)
The imminent sack of the five other ministers a source said is to enable them concentrate on their purported governorship ambition.
The ministers who may take the exit from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) are Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister Senator Bala Mohammed, minister of information and supervising minister of defence Labaran Maku, minister of interior Mr Abba Moro, minister of state for trade and investment Samuel Ortom, minister of labour and productivity Chief Emeka Wogu, and minister of education Mr Nyesom Wike.
President Jonathan on February 12, 2014, dropped four ministers to enable them pursue their political ambitions but some of them were indicted by both the National Assembly and other committees for official misconduct.
A well placed Presidency source disclosed that it was Princess Oduah who was pencilled in for disgrace due to her alleged extravagant lifestyle as manifested in the unlawful purchase of two bullet-proof cars. But the other three were added in order to give her a soft landing, since the other three were among those who are nursing gubernatorial ambition.
“The sack was meant for Stella Oduah who had problems with her lifestyle as reflected in the purchase of the bulletproof cars with Aviation’s money. But Orubebe, Yerima and Caleb were asked to join her in order not to add to her plight,” the source said.
He hinted that, “any moment from now, others with gubernatorial ambition would be asked to go once President Jonathan has made up his mind for his second-term declaration”.
Some political pundits believe the FCT minister might withdraw from the race for political expediency due to the emergence of Alhaji Adamu Muazu as the national chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In 2007, Bala was a political lieutenant to Governor Isa Yuguda when he was aviation minister before they parted ways. And it was Yuguda who pulled down the political structure of Muazu in Bauchi.
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