The public exhibition of turbulent uncertainty by the major stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] on the weekend of August 31, 2013 appears on a new turn as the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan was told in confidence by the former president of the federal republic of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo that the troubles befalling the PDP and the Jonathan administration concerns his [Jonathan] insistence on contesting for the 2015 presidential elections under the PDP. According to a source prevalent with the happenings between the two leaders, Obasanjo told Jonathan categorically to “forget about 2015”. The statement was reportedly made on Sunday following the special PDP convention.
Particularly, information available to 247ureports.com revealed that the move to abandon the ‘old PDP’ began four months ago [in late April 2013] following an informal meeting where a few of the PDP governors and other major stakeholders impressed on the President on their intentions towards his 2015 presidential agenda, and the manner with which he has decided to go about it. The group was said to have told the president that they were not particularly pleased with the way he is going about his 2015 aspirations.
The group was said to have reminded the President of the agreement he reached with the group in the presence of many northern leaders – including Emirs and other traditional leaders in the north. According to one of the group members who spoke to 247ureports.com, General Obasanjo was the one who took Jonathan around the many quarters of the north to present him as a President that would only serve ‘one-tenure’. “He was not forced. He agreed voluntarily in the presence of many northern governors, Emirs, legislators and others”, said the group member who happens to be a seating governor of a northern state.
The source continued to add that no one is trying to deny President Jonathan’s constitutional rights of contesting for a second term in office but the fact remains that “we had an agreement to support him in return for his serving one term”.
Cursory inquiry revealed that originally the group was not particular about the 2015 ambition of the President – as it later became. It was understood that the group had ‘wished’ for the President to have approached them regarding his change of mind to contest in 2015. Instead, according to a member of the group, the President recruited his ‘Ijaw henchmen’ to begin public utterances threatening to wreak havoc should the President not be allowed to contest the 2015 elections. The source pointed to a year after the Jonathan’s 2011 elections – when the likes of Edwin Clark and Asaro Dokubo – took to the airwaves to threaten violence should Jonathan not contest in 2015.
Following the threats by the President’s kinsmen, the source noted that the President then switched over to the internal operations of the PDP with an ‘iron fist’ to deal with those he perceived were not in support of his bid for 2015. “It became dictatorial”. He appointed executives to the PDP executive cabinet arbitrary without due consultations or necessary elections. “If he had approached us to discuss it might have not resulted to this embarrassment on his person”.
It was gathered that when the President began his outward launch to dislodge persons/stakeholders he believe were possible obstacles to his 2015 ambition – the former president, Obasanjo was said to impress on him the agreement reached with many of the northern leaders who were concerned over the leadership rotation. The President was said to be unresponsive to Obasanjo. With this, Obasanjo’s allegiance switched.
A usually reliable source told our correspondent that Obasanjo was the pilot of the walk out by the rebel governors. “He did to prove a point to Jonathan; he does not want to destroy PDP”. Obasanjo had advised against abandoning the party for another party. According to Obasanjo, it was better to retain the option to joining another party until it becomes impossible to remain in the PDP.
Meanwhile many of the governor and members of the national assembly who had earlier declared for the new PDP – in talking to 247ureports.com – indicated that they are out for the Jonathan led PDP “to do their worst”. According to one of the architects of the group, they have lost control of the party. “Pretty soon they will see what will happen at the lower and upper chamber of the national assembly”, bragged the source who continued to add that “Jonathan has been cornered for good”.
President Jonathan was taken unawares by what appears to resemble a security concern on the August 31, 2013 walk out by the group of governors at the grounds of the PDP special convention. This was as 247ureports.com was reliably informed of the anger that overtook President Jonathan as he realized that he was the only one unaware of the alternate arrangement made by the ‘rebel governors’ at Musa Yar’Adua Center for a parallel meeting – against the Jonathan/Tukur led PDP. As gathered, the President was livid that he did not have prior knowledge of the meeting – even though it appeared his security and intelligence men may have had prior knowledge. Our source points to a grander implication of the security and/or intelligence blackout over the President – as having a possible dire affect in the future. He points to the safety of the president being possibly compromised.
Anybody telling GEJ not to run in 2015 is big fool so I don’t believe that OBJ suggested that he shouldn’t run.Jonathan must run in the 2015 presidential election and he must win.
GEJ watch out oooo! Change them now or they will change you oo. Now is the time for securuty overhaul. Change all the service chiefs quickly oooo
This is pure rubbish. Obasanjo not only had his second term, but also wanted a Third Term. So what moral right does he or any of his cohorts have to stop GEJ. Which of Kwankwaso, Lamido, Amechi, Nyako, Babangida Aliyu, etc would swear on his father’s grave that he would not go for a constitutionally gauranteed second term if he were in GEJ’s position? Anyway, God is on the throne.
Seat down there and be running mouth, they have their decisions made already.what can you do as a spectator watching the PLAYER the worst you will do is to carry gun and just for the Niger delta info every region has their trainned militant only some dont engage in criminal activities like some do.
Run run run. Do not let any humanoid get in your part of God given and bestowed destiny. This not gain saying as far as I corncerned .
NOW I SEE THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA AND THE SYSTEM. WHY CAN’T THE PEOPLE DECIDE IF HE CAN STAY OR NOT BY VOTE COUNT. THIS CANNOT GO ON FOR LONG YOU STATEMEN OF NIGERIA WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT WITH ALL OF YOU SO CALLED POLITICIANS?
President jonathan is not capable 2 be a president of Nigeria bcos nija is too big 4 him, scondly he allow him self 2 be used by old service men like bamanga tuku, tony aninihe & bad advisers edwin clark nd so many of them. So is better 4 him 2 step down or fight the old cabals in PDP if he can fight them scondly his wife (madam president) contribut in jonathan’s downfall bcos the woman is using her position 2 intimidat peoples any how. The only thing nigeria need now is strong man somebody like Gov fashola, Gov Adams, Gov Amaechi ,Gov kwankwaso, Gov babagida aliyu, senator Devid mark, senator pius anyim pius
this is just the beging for mr president, if he knows what is good for him let him go and make up with ameachi the governor of rivers state, that can guarantee his 2015
GEJ 2013 is sucess wheathe they like it or not.
This country belongs to all of us including Jonathan, Obasanjo, Kwankwaso, Lamido et al. It is shameful that some people have arrogated it to be exclusively theirs. Or how can you view the news that Obasanjo was trying to persuade Jonathan not to run for a constitutionally guaranteed second term when he ran for second term himself and tried to change the constitution to run for a third term? The truth is that those that are the so-called “new pdp” are not truly PDP members but tribal jingoists who are determined to force their northern agenda on the rest of us as wells as those who have lost out in the current political game plan like Oyinlola and Amechi. The north should wait for their turn after Jonathan and not before. This is the first time a Southern minority president has come to the saddle. Why should there be gang-up against him as if he is not a Nigerian? This ‘born to rule’ mentality should be rooted out of the psyche of this over-spoilt people and let them be made to face reality. Enough of this nonsense.
I am not from the niger delta, but am happy that a minority is the president and should be allowed to complete 2nd term.They may never get there a very long time.Besides,the oil and gas resources have been sustainig the nation.If he is intimidated out of office,you challenge the manhood of the niger deltans.We must encourage GEJ to succeed.You cant dethrone an incumbent in a 3rd world country without trouble for the masses.