I was not sacked as minister – Orubebe
Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, on Thursday insisted that he was not sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan as widely reported.
Orubebe, who until Wednesday afternoon was the longest serving minister in President Jonathan’s cabinet alongside Diezani Allison-Madueke, said on the contrary he resigned from his appointment to pursue further political career.
He was appointed minister in 2007, first in the Special Duties Ministry and later, Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, before he was made the substantive minister in 2010.
Orubebe, who is eyeing the Delta State Government House in the 2015 general elections made the clarification during the handing over ceremony held at the ministry.
He has since handed over to the Minister of State, Darius Ishiaku, who is now presiding as the acting minister.
Orubebe spoke at the emotional farewell ceremony which lasted about three hours and said it was wrong to have believed that no minister can resign except he was sacked.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I was not dropped. I was not sacked. I put in my resignation letter because I am venturing into politics in another dimension at the Federal and state levels,” he stated.
The former minister said he can talk boldly now about the President since he is no longer in government.
“President Jonathan means well for this country. His dream is to see that Nigeria is placed in the right place.”