Sagay condemns sacking of ministers, Braithwaite shocked

Former presidential candidate and social crusader, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, on Thursday condemned the sack of some ministers perceived to have affiliations with members of the New PDP by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Braithwaite, who expressed shock at the sack of Ambassador Olusegun Ashiru despite his enormous contributions to the development of Nigeria’s foreign policy, said the development did not come as a surprise as he saw it coming.
He said: “The latest development does not come to us as a surprise. You will recall that we have always said that election in 2015 will not hold until and unless certain fundamentals steps are resolved between now and 2015”.
In his reaction, renowned constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate, Prof. Itse Sagay, also said the sacking of the ministers will not only escalate the crisis rocking the PDP, but will further concretise it and foreclose the chances of reconciliation between both factions.
He described the sack of the ministers as vindictiveness on the part of the Federal Government.
According to him, “you don’t run government on personal interest or feelings, but by what will be of benefit to the entire nation.
“It will not only escalate the crisis, it will further concretise it and make sure that the split is permanent.
“There will be solution in which both parties will find themselves in the same party again. And I am too shocked by this development because I don’t believe in vindictiveness in government.
“You don’t conduct government that way. There must be some objectivity for your action.
“You don’t just say, ‘Oh, this person is nominated by somebody who is against me, and so, he or she has to go. A friend to my enemy is my enemy.
“You can’t bring that to government without looking at the individual’s performance in government. It is incredible.
“He should have examined everybody on their individual record. If they are hostile and not performing while in his government, then he will be justified to sack them.
“But, to say they are nominated by somebody who is no longer in your good books and so they must go, it is shocking. It is a backward type of policy”, he said.

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