In the absence of any last minute change of plan, President Goodluck Jonathan will tomorrow, Wednesday, dissolve his cabinet, Daily Trust has reported.
Citing a presidency source, the newspaper reported that President Jonathan would dissolve his cabinet after a valedictory session scheduled to hold inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday morning.
The source also confirmed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting tomorrow would be the last as the Jonathan administration winds down on May 29.
He said the president would use the opportunity to thank his cabinet members and request prayers for the country as well as for the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration.
A member of the president’s kitchen cabinet told Daily Trust yesterday that all the ministers had received letters from Mr. Jonathan since Friday thanking them for their service to the nation.
The minister, who is from the South-West, said President Jonathan stressed in the letters that Wednesday’s council meeting would be the last to be held under his leadership.
He further disclosed that in compliance to a directive from Jonathan, all ministers were expected to hand over the affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries by Thursday.
The minister, who pleaded anonymity, added that there would also be send-off ceremonies for cabinet members on Thursday.
He said: “I can confirm to you that this Wednesday will mark the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. That is when Mr. President will dissolve the cabinet.
“This is not catching us unawares. All of us have been duly informed. Mr. President has sent letters to all of us who are his ministers. Mr. President thanked us for having served the country meritoriously well together with him within the last few years”.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, had told State House correspondents after the April 15 FEC meeting that the last council meeting under Jonathan would hold on May 20 (tomorrow).
“…The last one (FEC meeting) that will be the valedictory one, on May 20”, the information minister had said then.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
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