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AKWA-IBOM PDP CRISES CONSUMES AHMED GULAK

AKWA-IBOM PDP CRISES CONSUMES AHMED GULAK

There are strong indications that Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, the Politcal Adviser to President Goodluck who was yesterday kicked out of the cabinet was another victim of the high wire politics going on in Akwa-Ibom State.
Gulak had angered senior Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) figures in the state when he went to launch the Goodluck Support Group without the input of State Governor, Godswill Akpabio or the PDP Chairman.
What really irked the PDP topshots was not the launch per se, it was the fact that throughout his adventure to Akwa-Ibom, Gulak romanced with the faction of the party that is supporting former Secretary to the State Government, Dr Umannah Umannah.
After the visit, the news all over Akwa-Ibom was that the Governor had lost the support of the President and that the Presidency had endorsed Umannah , which was the reason Akpabio was shunned during the Goodluck Support Group launch.
While registering  his displeasure at the turn of events at the Presidency, PDP Elders in Akwa-Ibom issued a disclaimer on Gulak in the national dailies asking him to go to Adamawa to canvass for votes for the President because as far as they were concerned, when he is ready to contest a second term, Mr. President already had overwhelming support in Akwa-Ibom and does not need any support group
That was not all, the power chess game also led to the sacking last week of two Commissioners and eight Board Chairmen-and so many were not surprised yesterday after noon when they saw the twitter message of Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati declaring “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser (Political), Alhaji Ahmed 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 soon
We have it on good authority that the whole battle in the State has to do with who will occupy the Uyo Government House next year, the Governor has already zoned the ticket to Eket Senatorial District, but the Ibibios are calling for a free and free election to determine Akpabio’s successor. The last has definitely not been heard about this on-going drama.

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