“The president had made up his mind by this morning, so if Nnaji had
not resigned, he would have been sacked,” explained sources in the
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Tuesday, accepted the resignation letter of Power
Minister, Prof. Barth Nnaj, it was however gathered that the former
Power Minister was summoned by President Jonathan, over allegation that he
(Nnaji) was fronting for him in the Privatization exercise in the energy
Sources said the ex-minister was
surprised by the president’s question and reportedly denied the charge.
delivered the final blow when he queried the former minister’s interest in one
of the firms involved in the privatization process.
President Jonathan told the minister that he ought to have known that there
would be conflict of interest in the exercise. After venting his anger at the
minister, Nnaji threw in the towel by offering to step down as minister.
president, still seething, accepted it immediately.
“What really infuriated the former minister
was that the SGF tended to see from the workers’ point of view that he had
really not done much to advance the cause of the nation and he took offense and
stormed out of the meeting,”
source pointed out that it was in the middle of the meeting with the PHCN
workers and the SGF that President Goodluck Jonathan summoned him to the Villa
and asked him to resign with immediate effect over his alleged conflicting
interest in the privatisation process of the PHCN companies.