Why Bolaji Abdullahi was sacked

by ‘Jola Sotubo


The sudden sack of the Nigerian Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, has continued to cause aftershocks around the country.

[READ: BREAKING: Jonathan sacks sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi ]

This is the latest in the recent spate of ministerial sacks embarked upon by President Goodluck Jonathan which has seen the termination of the appointment of the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah among others.

News from various quarters has it that Mr. Abdullahi was sacked because he did not support the president’s political interests in Kwara.

He was said to have also been relieved of his position because he stood strongly behind former Governor Bukola Saraki despite the latter’s defection from the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

Vanguard reports:

The former Minister of Sports, Abdullahi, according to sources, had refused to openly associate with the new leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after Saraki and his followers defected from the party to All Progressives Congress, APC.

He was absent at the stakeholders’ meeting summoned by the state PDP caretaker committee, drawing insinuations of double loyalty from some political stakeholders in Kwara State.

It was gathered that the final straw that might have broken the camel’s back was the rally at the reception in Ilorin, where he failed to address the audience to reaffirm his loyalty to the PDP government. He was at the Emir of Ilorin’s palace when President Jonathan paid homage to the Emir.

The organisers of the rally did not recognise him and it was suggested that the failure to recognise him was due to assertions by his associates that he, Abdullahi, is not a politician but a technocrat.

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