Anxiety on Tuesday gripped ministers and other top government officials in Abuja ahead of the last meeting of the FEC under the Goodluck Jonathan administration scheduled to hold on Wednesday.
The apprehension was triggered by a report credited to the Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, that President Jonathan would dissolve his cabinet during a “valedictory session” of the FEC.
The FEC is the highest decision-making body of the Federal Government and it consists of the President, the Vice President, all ministers, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the National Security Adviser, the Head of Service of the Federation and some top presidential aides.
The council members meet every Wednesday to take decisions on national issues.
Since the tenure of the current administration expires on May 29, the council’s valedictory session has been fixed for this or next Wednesday.
A minister, who spoke with Punch on the issue, said “I am not aware that the council will be dissolved. Some of my colleagues had actually called me to find out. Since I don’t have any information on it, I am also still reaching out to know the true situation.”
“The news is everywhere that Mr. President may dissolve the cabinet on Wednesday (today). I have been trying to confirm this but I have not been able to do so. Let us wait and see what happens.
“But dissolving the cabinet during Wednesday meeting will mean that the President will be running the affairs of the country alone as a sole administrator till May 29,” another FEC member said.