The current political crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly irked President Goodluck Jonathan so much that he has decided to let events play out without bothering any further to find an amicable resolution to the impasse.
This was the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting between President Jonathan and the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; deputy national chairman, Uche Secondus; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius; special adviser on political matters to the president, Ahmed Gulak and some PDP governors loyal to him.
A source close to the presidency, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that President Jonathan, who was presented with security reports on the crisis, lost his cool during the meeting and reportedly said, “We will not lose sleep. Those who ignited the fire should go and quench it.”
The source said “It is obvious that the Presidency is already closing in on those pulling the strings to divide the PDP ahead of the 2015 poll.
“I think the Presidency may damn the consequences. The next few weeks might be for dirty politics. There is a likelihood of tit-for-tat politics,” the source added.
On the peace moves initiated by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, the source said it was uncovered that he (Obasanjo) was the brain behind the entire saga but pretended to be finding a solution to it.
According to the source, “It is good that the current happenings are unfolding at this time; we now know those who are doing what, those who have been hiding their faces while creating problems – including security crises for the government. The government is studying the situation and will respond at the appropriate time.”
He further disclosed that President Jonathan will shun the demand by the governors not to contest in 2015 and place his fate instead, in the hands of the Nigerian electorate, who he believes will take his side based on his achievements in office when the time comes.
“The President will contest 2015 election and his achievements will speak for him.
“Those who are calling for revolution should better start preparing for it because President Jonathan will contest the election; Nigerians will decide his fate and not Obasanjo and the six or seven governors. Those calling for war should start preparing now,” he said.