How Govs Dickson, Imoke Rejected Jonathan’s Endorsement

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The historic endorsement of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the National Executive Committee of the ruling party, People’s Democratic Party PDP on Thursday may have come and gone. SAYO AKINTOLA, Managing Editor, reports that all may not be well in the PDP camp, particularly in the Governors’ Forum over the endorsement of Jonathan as the sole candidate of the ruling party in the 2015 presidential election.
The Street Journal can authoritatively report that two prominent members of the PDP, Governors Henry Dickson and Liyel Imoke of Balyesa and Cross Rivers states respectively, resisted the move by the Forum to endorse the president as the sole candidate for PDP. According to a member of the Governors’ forum who would not want his name mentioned, it took the timely intervention of the chairman of the Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio who over-ruled the duo to ensure the smooth endorsement of the president by the Governors under the platform of PDP.
It was reliably gathered that the two governors had admonished their colleagues to tarry awhile in order to give room for wider consultations before such a decision could be taken by the all-powerful forum. Our source disclosed that this did not go down well with the chairman of the forum who insisted that the decision to endorse Jonathan should not be delayed for another 24 hours.
According to our investigations, Akpabio who is widely acclaimed to be very close to the president impressed it upon other members of the forum that it could be dangerous to allow the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido to declare his common knowledge presidential ambition before the president.
Akpabio noted that should Lamido be allowed to declare his intention to run for the president under the platform of the ruling party before Jonathan, all the Northern Governors might be inclined to line up behind him as one of their own. Further investigations revealed that most of the Northern Governors were merely playing along with the president’s second term ambition as they noted that the general mood of the people of the Northern region does not indicate an over-whelming support for Mr. President as the anointed candidate of PDP at the 2015 presidential election.
Although it was made to look like a consensus amongst the Governors, it was further gathered that Lamido only sent his deputy to represent him at the crucial meeting. This was adequately collaborated by a member of the PDP board of Trustee, Prof Jerry Gana, who applauded the decision of the Governors moments after the meeting, describing the decision to endorse Jonathan by the governors as a welcome development.
‘’that the decision of the governors was fully endorsed in a motion by the BoT and the BoT, having received that news on its own, unanimously resolved that because of the excellent work which Mr. president has done, because of the mature way he has been leading Nigeria, because of the humble, dedicated and patriotic way he has been handling very sensitive issues, the BoT is delighted, the BoT is convinced, the BoT is overwhelmed by the fact that we have a very repressive candidate and therefore, the BoT also unanimously resolved that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan be the sole candidate of the party in the forthcoming election. That was unanimously resolved with a standing ovation and the BoT is very excited’’, Gana said
He specifically noted that the Jigawa State Governor, Lamido, also approved the candidacy of President Jonathan as he had called his deputy on phone to sign the document endorsing Jonathan for the position during the PDP Governors meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
Prof. Gana who has continued to perpetuate himself at the corridors of power since his MAMSER days under the leadership of Gen. Ibarahim Badamosi Bbangida in 1986 has participated in every administration ever since including the Abacha regime.
The highly vocal former University don is widely believed to be the point-man for Jonathan in his quest to placate and win the full support of the Christians in the Northern region of the country who have been at the receiving end of Boko Haram insurgency. While the majority of the Muslims in the North appear repulsive of the style of administration of President Jonathan, investigations revealed the Christians are abhorrent of the initial lackadaisical attitude of Mr President and his kitchen cabinet towards the fight against Boko Haram which has claimed thousands of lives since 2009.

Author: News Editor

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