concern of cupboard shake-up, on Thursday, gripped many ministers as President Goodluck Jonathan convened an emergency Federal govt Council meeting.
The meeting will grasp on Friday (today). The FEC holds its statutory meetings on Wednesday.
It was gathered that with remaining week’s resignation of the Minister of State for well being, Dr. Mohammed Pate, a cabinet shake-up was drawing close.
A minister, who confided PunchNG, said, “there may be fear amongst my colleagues that a cupboard shake-up is imminent. presently, there’s no minister of defence and the minister of state for well being has just resigned.
“some of my colleagues have indicated their intention to contest governorship elections in some states. Such folks will depart the cupboard. We have no idea the agenda of the assembly. When will get there, we will be able to comprehend.”
It was gathered that for the prior two weeks, some ministers had been telling civil servants, with regards to them, that there might be swapping of positions within the President’s cabinet.
The minister, who confided in one in all our correspondents, said, “Some ministers of state are hoping to turn out to be substantive ministers with vacancies in the cabinet.”
The Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, had a number of weeks ago declared his intention to contest the Ekiti State governorship in 2014.
Our correspondent learnt that Jonathan informed cupboard members of the approaching meeting all through the closing statutory assembly of the council on Wednesday.
A Presidency source said, “there is nothing hidden about it. The President announced at first of the final assembly that an emergency meeting will hang for about one hour or two on Friday.
“The President didn’t provide reasons for the meeting however it’s not an ordinary factor. each statutory body holds out of the ordinary meetings aside from their normal meetings.”
there have been experiences on Monday that five northern governors – Aliyu Babangida (Niger); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Rabiu Kwankanso (Kano) and Muritala Nyako (Adamawa) – who met with the President on Saturday demanded the sacking of two ministers, Deziani Allison (Petroleum); and Stella Oduah (Aviation).
A highly dependable Presidency source, however, mentioned, “How might they have asked for the sack of the ministers, when they don’t seem to be from their states?”
due to the fact that his inauguration in could 2011, Jonathan has not performed any main cupboard reshuffle.