But one thing that is certain is that the 2015 General Elections is a make or mar for the country, and the security threat that arose from the activities of the members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, who are insisting that President Goodluck Jonathan should bow out of office, probably for somebody from the north, has caused many Nigerians to believe that the nation would be better off with a new leader.
However, First Weekly reliably gathered last week that a former president of Nigeria, who has been playing active roles in the political life of the country since 1979, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is also seeking an alternative to the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Obasanjo was said to have told President Goodluck Jonathan to bow out in 2015 on several occasions and allow another person take over the mantle of leadership of the country.
This request even became obvious with a letter, which OBJ wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan sometime ago, the controversial letter later got into public domain.
A reliable informant told us last week that President Jonathan was advised by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, when he went for his inauguration after his re-election as South African President recently, to seek the advice of Chief Obasanjo on how to end the menace of the Boko Haram sect.
President Jonathan reportedly contacted Obasanjo from South Africa afterwards, and it was gathered that a meeting was slated for somewhere in Lagos.
“President Jonathan went straight to meet with Obasanjo at a location in Lagos, when he was coming from South Africa. He then sought the support and advice of the former president on how to tackle the menace of the Boko Haram members. Obasanjo told him point blank that he shouldn’t have invited the Americans on the issue. He then told him to consider stepping down in 2015 rather than contesting for second term of office, while promising to help out on the security issue. He was the one that facilitated the involvement of a Dubai-based Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, in negotiating with Boko Haram members on the release of the students of Government Girls College, Chibok, Borno State, who were kidnapped by the sect members. Jonathan then told OBJ that he would consider the option of not contesting for a second term and that he would feed him back later,” said our source.
It was gathered that President Goodluck Jonathan did not reply Obasanjo eventually and that he changed his mind about re-contesting in 2015, when he got to Abuja after meeting with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some members of his kitchen cabinet.
Sources said that he subsequently gave $20 Million to the Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu to organize the party’s convention, where he (Jonathan) would be adopted as the party’s candidate.
Our reliable sources said further that former president Obasanjo was surprised by the President’s action, adding that he decided to seek alternative means of fielding his godson, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State as a Presidential candidate in 2015 and get Jonathan out of office.
OBJ reportedly spoke with his friend with whom he once had disagreement for many years, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe and Bode Mustapha. They were said to have all agreed that it was better to fund and support the All Progressives Party (APC) and ensure that a strong candidate from the north is presented as the party’s presidential candidate.
“One of the game plans is to empower Chief Isiaka Adeleke and some others and convince them to join the APC as they would be useful in the South West, which is why Adeleke has systematically declared for the APC. The Obasanjos are even banking on the fact that PDP has not really won elections in the North Eastern states of Yobe, Adamawa, Borno and Gombe apart from the South South and the South West, which they are banking on to win elections in 2015. They have started working to ensure that a credible candidate is presented by the APC in 2015 to ease the incumbent President out of office through the 2015 elections,” the source stated.
Sources however, insisted that the leaders of the PDP and supporters of President Jonathan are also not leaving any stone unturned and that with the way things are going, nobody can tell how the whole scenario would be resolved, as according to a source, “President Jonathan would bank on his power as the incumbent president to ensure victory for the PDP in 2015.”
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