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Jonathan sacks Gulak as political adviser

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, announced this in a three-paragraph statement made available to journalists.

Abati said the President thanked Gulak for his services to the present administration and wished him success in his future endeavours.

He, however, did not give reason for the sacking.

He said a replacement for Gulak would be announced in due course.

Abati wrote, “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.”

Gulak was sighted in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, shortly before the announcement was made.

A Presidency source told our correspondent that the politics of 2015 might have consumed the former presidential aide.

One of the President’s loyalists, Governor Godswill Akpabio, was said to have recently complained to Jonathan of some activities of Gulak, which he felt strongly about.

The Peoples Democratic Party in the state had also issued a statement accusing Gulak of unduly interfering in the politics of the state.

Akpabio was said to have accused the former presidential aide of associating with his political enemies under the presence of working for the President’s yet-to-be declared re-election bid.

He was said to have complained that Gulak incorporated his former Deputy, Nsima Ekere, and former Secretary to the State Government, Umana Umana, into the Goodluck Suppport Group.

He was accused of inaugurating the South-South zonal office of the GSG in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, without the knowledge of the governor.

In a communique signed by the Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Mr. Paul Ekpo, the party accused Gulak of breaching existing and relevant protocols during his visit to the state.

“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,” the statement said in part.

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