President Goodluck Jonathan has confirmed that seven of his serving Ministers are leaving the cabinet in order to pursue further political ambitions in their various states.
- A valedictory session was held for the outgoing Nigerian ministers on Wednesday
- Jonathan says the Peoples Democratic Party has asked persons willing to contest for political positions in 2015 to leave the cabinet
- Ministers have not submitted their resignation letters to the government’s secretary
A valedictory session was held at this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting for seven serving ministers who are leaving the cabinet to pursue further political ambitions in their various states.
Addressing a valedictory session of this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting held for the outgoing Ministers in the Presidential, Villa, Abuja, President Jonathan explained that it was necessary to clear the air on some of the insinuations that there was a plan for his administration to reshuffle the cabinet.
He explained that the Peoples Democratic Party had asked ministers and other political appointees that had the intention of contesting for any political position in their state to resign from office on or before October 20.
President Jonathan, however, said that none of the ministers had submitted a letter of resignation to the Secretary to the Federal Government and that the ministers had till the set date to decide whether they will leave or not.
The Ministers are Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu of Health, Mr Labaran Maku, Information, and Labour Minister, Mr Emeka Wogu.
Others are the Minister of State Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, Minister of State Niger Delta, Darius Ishaku and that of State Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
On behalf of the outgoing ministers, the Information Minister, Mr Labaran Maku, thanked the President for the opportunity given them to serve and commended the sterling administrative qualities of President Jonathan and his transformation agenda for the country.