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2015: 'Why northern traditional rulers won't back Jonathan'

By The Citizen
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As the nation prepares for the next poll, a strong indication emerged on Monday that key northern traditional rulers, who spearheaded the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, were not ready to back his re-election in 2015.

The anger of the natural rulers, Vanguard learnt, stems from what they see as a spirited attempt by the Presidency to deny an agreement, which Jonathan allegedly entered into with them before they gave their nod to his election in 2011.

A northern governor, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity on Sunday, pointed out that there was an unwritten understanding between the President and the northern rulers that he would not stay in office beyond 2015, if given the support to complete Yar'Adua's tenure and run for a term of four years.

The governor said that it was wrong for those, who did not k ow what took place between the President and the north to begin to whip up political sentiments into a gentleman's agreement, which he said must be respected.

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