Shake-up: FEC holds emergency meeting, ministers panic

Fear of cabinet shake-up, on Thursday, gripped many ministers as President Goodluck Jonathan convened an emergency Federal Executive Council meeting. The meeting will hold on Friday (today). The FEC holds its statutory meetings on Wednesday. It was gathered that with last week’s resignation of the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Pate, a cabinet shake-up was imminent.

A minister, who confided in one of our correspondents, said, “There is fear among my colleagues that a cabinet shake-up is imminent. Currently, there is no minister of defence and the minister of state for health has just resigned. “Some of my colleagues have indicated their intention to contest governorship elections in some states. Such people will leave the cabinet. We do not know the agenda of the meeting. When will get there, we will know.”  It was gathered that for the past two weeks, some ministers had been telling civil servants, close to them, that there might be swapping of positions in the President’s cabinet.


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