The Presidency is reportedly not happy with former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido who has long been rumoured to be nursing a presidencial ambition come 2015.
Obasanjo, who was conspicuously absent at the much publicised mid-term report of the present administration, was widely reported in the media as proffering Lamido as a suitable candidate for the position of President.
According to an informed Presidency source, while Obasanjo was speaking in Jigawa at that state’s economic submit on Wednesday, he was monitored by two presidential aides who reportedly briefed President Goodluck Jonathan.
The brief was said to have miffed Jonathan who in turn summoned the chairman, Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, his chief of staff, Mike Oghiadomen and a few others where they deliberated on the latest salvo coming from Obasanjo.
“The meeting was held on the Red Carpet and President Jonathan could not hide his disappointment in former President Obasanjo. He was said to have asked what does this man want again? But after a while, both Tukur and Anenih calmed him down and Anenih volunteered to intervene in the matter by meeting Obasanjo in Ota before the week runs out,” the source disclosed.
According to him, the meeting fingered Obasanjo as the brain behind the on-going crisis within the party and pointed out that the likes of Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu, Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako, and Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, and a few others who are seemingly not hands-in-gloves with the President as “Obasanjo’s loyalists”.
“Although some hawks asked President Jonathan to ignore Obasanjo that there was nothing he could do and argued that the whole southwest where he comes from have become the haven of the opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) but many of those in the meeting agreed that Anenih could still go ahead with his planned visit of the former president.”
The parley also warned against engaging the former President on the pages of newspapers because of the backlash it might generate but agreed that the “governors that are loyal to him should be placed under watch.”