President Goodluck Jonathan has allegedly commissioned a group of political experts to begin to counteract ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s possible secret plans to work for the emergence of a Northerner as the President in 2015.
President Jonathan has no clear understanding of where Mr. Obasanjo stands in the crisis tearing apart the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the President has decided not to take chances by ignoring Obasanjo.
The Northern members of the team set up by the President have been mandated to lead the first stage of Mr. Jonathan’s campaigns and consultations across the entire Northern states.
“Some of the President’s pundits have swung into action in the ‘core’ Northern states of Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina and northern Kaduna,” the source disclosed.
He added that Jerry Gana, Jonathan Silas Zwingina, Abdulkadir Kure, and Isaiah Balat were among those assigned to run the early stages of the President’s campaign in the Middle Belt.
“Another group led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and Barrister Ahmed Gulak is working on the same mission in the North-East axis,” he said.
The source revealed that a key strategy of the President’s group was to seek the support of top Islamic and Christian clerics in the North. The well-funded presidential group is offering millions of naira to selected clerics in return for their political sympathy for Mr. Jonathan’s reelection campaign.
“Mr. President is aware of Chief Obasanjo’s previous antecedents. Look at [Mr. Obasanjo’s] close relationship with the arrowheads of the rebellion in the PDP. He is the one who made Sule Lamido, Aliyu Babangida of Niger and Wammako of Sokoto. It’s the same thing with Nyako in Adamawa State.
“We gathered that Obasanjo is having serious problems with the IBB [Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida] and Abdulsalami circle that made it possible for him to be president in 1999. And we know that Chief Obasanjo wants to settle the Umaru Yar’Adua saga that led to the emergence of Jonathan. He thinks it is best to help install a Northern President in 2015. And he is also not happy with Jonathan’s style and some power blocks influencing the president,” the source added.