Why Jonathan sacked Gulak: The Akwa Ibom Connection

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Gulak (far left), Umana Umana (middle), Nsima Ekere

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, sacked his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak. The information was conveyed first over social media by the Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Abati tweeted, “President Jonathan has terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser (Political), Alhaji Ahmed A. Gulak, with immediate effect.

“President Jonathan thanks Alhaji Gulak for his services to the present administration and wishes him success in his future endeavours.

“A replacement for Alhaji Gulak will be announced in due course.”

Sources in the Presidency say the reason for the termination of Gulak’s appointment was due to certain political encroachment the former aide made into the territory of Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio.

Akpabio is said to have expressed his discomfort over the incident to President Jonathan, who wasted no time in placating one of his strongest allies.

Akpabio had complained biiterly that Gulak was working with his deputy, NsimaEkere and former Secretary to the State Government, Umana Umana who has a gubernatorial ambition not sanctioned by the governor.

Gulak had visited Uyo recently to launch a chapter of the Goodluck Support Group in the State, and had invited the two politicians but reportedly kept Akpabio in the dark over the development.

Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Mr. Paul Ekpo, said, “Gulak came to Akwa Ibom State and inaugurated a sectional and an unknown support group in favour of President Goodluck Jonathan, without calling on the state’s party leadership.

“Let Gulak sort out PDP problems in Adamawa State, deliver Adamawa State to the President before rushing to safe territories, like the South-South Nigeria, where Jonathan requires no campaign.”

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