2015:Why Obasanjo want North to produce next president
Facts are beginning to emerge why former President Olusegun Obasanjo want a North to replace the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.Source closed to the camp said that Obasanjo is dissatisfied with certain policies and
appointments that were not in his favour including recent petroleum subsidy probe .
Huhuonline.com gathered that failed attempts to dictate to the government aggravated the struggle to pull the rug under President Jonathan feet comes 2015. The camp is also working to appease the North who made General Obasanjo a military Head of state in the 70s and civilian president in 1999.
They are also capitalising on the fact that the North which ought to have serve its turn of the unwritten rotation al presidency if not for sudden death of late President Umaru musa Yar'Adua must take over from Jonathan.
The move is said to have caused anger in the south and in the presidency who see it as a ploy to truncate President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda even before it take root.
Jonathan is serving his first term in office and he could go for the second term as the constitution permits four years tenure of two terms for a candidate.
Huhuonline learnt that powerful associates of the former president are disassociating themselves with the move which they claimed is surely going to weaken the party and put it in great jeopardy come 2015.
Scramble for presidential ticket for the 2015 general election is also causing serious headache in three camps of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the North where former President Olusegun Obsanjo is said to have anointed Governor Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa state for the position.
Sources closed to political heavy weight and kingmakers in the ruling party told huhuonline.com that former President had embarked on secret lobbying for his favourite anointed associate following his resignation as Chairman board of trustee of the party. The same source hinted that the move cumulated in recent meeting held between Obasanjo and former President Ibrahim Babangida in Minna. That, although the two made profound joint statement condemning the state of insecurity in the country the main issue on table was 2015.
The move, we further gathered has since polarize members of the Northern Governors and pitched the governor of Niger state Dr. Babangida Aliyu who is said to be nursing presidential ambition against Governor Sule Lamido and one or two other Northern state governors who were said to be secretly nursing same ambition.
As the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Aliyu was said to be upset by the development and the rationale given that his ambition is in check because of his association with the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory Mallam El Rufia who is being groomed to contest under umbrella opposition party rather than the fact that the PDP want to appease the North West.
The development is also said to be causing serious anxiety in the Presidency. President Goodluck Jonathan who is serving his first term, has said it is too early for anybody to start secret or open campaign for positions in 2015 when they should be seen delivering on their promises to electorates . But the exploit by the group seeking to replace president Jonathan at all cost appeared thicken with the move to lure the Governor of River State , Governor Rotimi Amaechi to pick Lamido's running mate ticket in 2015 thus erasing the home support for President Jonathan and putting the South South in disarray.