Akunyili set to abandon re-branding job, may resign next week!

Prof Dora Akunyili.

Indications emerged on Friday that the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, may resign her appointment soon to allow her to contest a senatorial seat in Anambra State.

It was learnt that Akunyili, who will contest for the post in Anambra Central, might announce her resignation at a news conference in the next one week.

The reasons for the minister’s resignation are still unclear, but competent sources told our correspondent that Akunyili might have taken her decision based on the belief that she had been sidelined in the scheme of things in the Presidency.

The former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control played a vital role in the emergence of Goodluck Jonathan as the acting President.

Controversy, however, seems to be trailing her reported intention to leave her ministerial job as aides of the information minister have claimed that the minister is motivated by her desire to serve her people.

The aides added that Akunyili had come under intense pressure from her people to contest the senatorial seat.

They denied that a Special Assistant to the President had taken over the responsibilities of the minister.

An online news portal, Ukpakareports, reported on Friday that the minister hinted of her impending exit from the government during her visit to the office of the National Communications Commission on Friday.

She was reported to have told the management staff at the commission that she was paying a farewell visit to them, but did not elaborate.

The online news medium did not specify the platform or the political party, under which Akunyili would vie for the election, but said the minister had “collected PDP/APGA/ACN senatorial forms.”

Her impending resignation is alleged to be connected with the action of one of the aides of President Goodluck Jonathan, who is said to have taken over the responsibilities of the Information Minister.

Jonathan’s aides, who saw Akunyili as a threat after her role in the emergence of a Goodluck Jonathan presidency, were alleged to have taken steps to shut her out.

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