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Ministers pay solidarity visit to Jonathan

The Presidential Villa, Abuja wore a mournful look in the early hours of Wednesday, the morning after President Goodluck Jonathan lost his re-election bid.

A few workers who had already closed from work as of  the time the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, named Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress the President-elect, were seen discussing the development in hush tones.

The weekly Federal Executive Council meeting did not hold.

But some members of FEC, mostly ministers, gathered at the President’s office later in the day to pay a solidarity visit.

Some of the ministers who met with the President were the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN); Minister of State II, Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali; and Minister of National Planning Suleiman Abubakar.

Some female ministers also gathered and visited the President in group.

They included the Minister of Women Affairs, Zainab Maina; Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson; Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe; Minister of Environment, Laraba Mallam; Minister Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Akon Eyakenyi.

One of the ministers who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that they used the opportunity of the visit to encourage the President and commend him for his achievements.

The government official expressed the optimism that Jonathan might win the Nobel Peace Prize for ensuring that the nation remains peaceful after conducting a free, fair and credible election.

It will be recalled that some ministers and governors had on Tuesday evening visited the President.

Among the early callers were Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State; Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State and former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Emeka Wogu.

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