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Friday, September 13, 2013

Nigerian party reshuffle looks serious

The divisions within the PDP that surfaced a couple weeks ago, seem to more serious now.

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan sacks ministers amid PDP splits
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked nine cabinet ministers amid serious divisions in the governing party.

Two weeks ago, seven of the country's powerful state governors and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar formed a splinter-group in the PDP.

They were angry after their allies were disqualified from party elections.

BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu says the factions are jockeying for power ahead of 2015 polls.

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has won every national election since the end of military rule in 1999, so the party's presidential candidate would be in a strong position to become Nigeria's next leader…

No official reason has been given for the reshuffle, while a presidential spokesman said there would be no rush to replace the sacked officials…

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At 8:31 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

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At 8:34 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Intense Lobby for Ministerial Posts Begins

"Following Wednesday’s sack of nine ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan, an intense lobby has begun in the Presidential Villa, Abuja by both serving ministers, who want to clinch better portfolios, members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and cronies of the presidency.

"The sack of the nine ministers brings to 12 the total number of seats that are currently vacant…

"A source in the presidency told THISDAY that from the moment the sack of the ministers became public knowledge yesterday, 'many party members and other Nigerians have been inundating us with calls seeking to be part of those who will replace those who lost their jobs.'

"'I can also tell you that even some of the serving ministers are also lobbying to get better positions, particularly in the Ministries of Defence, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Education, Foreign Affairs and Environment,' the source added… "


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