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Jonathan bids time over changes

By Jide Ajani

Fresh facts emerged at the weekend that Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is bidding his time in effecting changes in government especially the much-talked about cabinet reshuffle.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the reason for the non-inclusion of the names of the five Special Advisers Jonathan sent to the Senate for confirmation  was to test the waters both in the Senate and in the political arena.

Already, pressure is mounting on the Acting President by people who are interested in serving under him.
“That their names (Special Advisers) were not sent was a strategy adopted by Jonathan”, said a presidency source.

Surprise, the source said, “would henceforth be the hallmark of the government because of some interest groups”.

The Governors’ Forum is displeased with Dr. Jonathan for not carrying them along in taking some decisions, one of which is the setting up of the Presidential Advisory Council.  The governors think they should have been asked to nominate the PAC members.

But, a Presidency source said that would have amounted to the Acting President surrendering his authority to the governors, many of whom never wanted power transferred to him.

“Again, his appointment of General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau as the National Security Adviser, NSA, has sent jitters down the spine of some otherwise influential persons in this country”, our source said, adding, “Those in the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF are expecting that a major shake up will happen; when they can not predict and that works to the advantage of the Acting President”.


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