BY LUCKY NWANKWERE:
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday gave an insight into the power play in Aso Rock, Abuja when at a 2 pm scheduled meeting with all the ministers, he indicated the fact that not only had he not been able to see the President since he returned early Wednesday, he was also yet to be fully briefed about the President’s health condition.
The meeting, which was made mandatory for all the ministers following the postponement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting over the inability of both the president and the Acting President to show up lasted about five minutes.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili who briefed the State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting said Jonathan told members he hoped to see the First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua from whom he hoped to get briefing on the President’s health later yesterday.
The Acting President, according to her, had only been briefed by the President’s aides, pointing out that the picture would become clearer after his meeting with the wife of the President. “He invited us for a meeting in his meeting room at 2 pm and when we came, he told us that the President had returned; he had been briefed by the aides of Mr. President and that he hoped to see the wife of the president this evening and that when we meet next week, we will be briefed on the outcome of the Saudi trip by the members of council. And that when he is eventually briefed by our president he will call us again,” she stated.
Meanwhile, principal officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were said to have been prevented from seeing the President yesterday met with Jonathan behind closed doors. The chieftains who were led on the visit by the National Chairman, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, however, refused to speak with the State House Correspondents on the motive of their visit to Jonathan.
A source in the Presidential Villa told the Daily Sun that the PDP stalwarts were hoping that Jonathan would be able to brief them on the state of health of President Yar’Adua. Chairman of the Governors Forum, Dr. Bukola Saraki of Kwara State was one of those who were unable to see President Yar’Adua, but had to settle for Jonathan with the hope of also getting a brief on the President’s present state of health.
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