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Jonathan Sacks Controversial Aide, Ahmed Gulak
President Goodluck Jonathan has terminated the appointment of his special adviser (Political), Ahmed A. Gulak, the Presidency has confirmed.
Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, broke the news Tuesday afternoon on his tweeter handle.
He said Gulak’s sack takes immediate effect but gave no reason for the action.
President, Jonathan according to the statement, thanked Gulak for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours.
“A replacement for Alhaji Gulak will be announced in due course,” Abati said.
There are speculation that Gulak’s removal may have come as a result of a cold war brewing between him and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, which materialised last week.
Gulak incurred the wrath of the governor when he stormed Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital, last Tuesday to inaugurate the South-south zonal office of the Goodluck Support Group, GSG, ahead of 2015, creating the impression that he acted on behalf of the President.
Akpabio was upset that Gulak did not intimate him about the visit and his activities in the state, and even worse, that he was fraternising with his political opponents.
The inauguration of the campaign group was attended by Akpabio’s former deputy, Obong Nsima Ekere, ex-secretary to the state government, SSG, Umana Okon, and other notable political opponents of the governor.
The governor considered Gulak’s action as “disrespectful and an affront” to his exalted office and had reportedly asked President Jonathan to call his aide to order by asking the him to steer clear of his state as the 2015 election approaches.
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state, Paul Ekpo, accused Gulak of breaching 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,” he stated in astatement.
He advised the aide to sort out party problems in Adamawa State “before rushing to safe territories like South-South Nigeria where Jonathan requires no campaign.”