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Ex-govs dazed over non-inclusion in new FEC

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ENUGU—Supporters of  three former governors in the Southern states are still mourning the non-inclusion of their leaders in the ministerial list of their states.

Meanwhile, there was wild jubilations in Akwa Ibom State over the nomination of Honourable Ndueso Essien as minister. Not a few residents of the state lauded Acting President Goodluck Jonathan for making the right choice in the calibre and quality of people he  nominated as ministers.

Vanguard learnt that one of the former governors from the South-South Zone, was the worst hit by this development. It was learnt that his camp, cock sure of his nomination,  had planned a shinding to celebrate this at an hotel owned by his son-in-law, in the state until the unexpected happened.

The former governor, it was reliably gathered, had shortly after the dissolution of the federal cabinet by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan relocated to Abuja, the seat of power, to lobby for his inclusion into the new federal cabinet.

The ex-governor, a high ranking title holder, had banked on the closeness between him and the Acting President from when they were members of the Governors’ Forum and also that he had at a time called for the declaration of  Jonathan as acting president.

Not a few people believed that the former governor had desperately wanted the ministerial appointment as a spring board to regain his lost political relevance in the state, re-launch the governorship campaign of his son-in-law in 2011 and take a shot at the Presidency, an ambition he had been nursing since 2007.

Relatedly,  a  former South-East governor, who had a cat-and-mouse relationship with his state governor, when he held sway as a minister, suddenly returned to befriend the governor immediately the cabinet was dissolved. He had hoped that that would guarantee his re-nomination by the youthful governor.

He was said to have few days ago publicly embraced the governor in a show of friendship. But, the former governor was said to have received the shock of his life when he later heard another person’s name announced as ministerial-nominee from the state.

Another former governor, a minister in the dissolved cabinet was also said to be in shock over the refusal of his state governor to re- nominate him for the plum job.The trio is finding it unbelievable that despite their moves, they could not make the list and are yet to leave Abuja for their respective states as a result of the shock and shame.


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