Thursday, 21 November 2013

Obasanjo warns Jonathan: Be Careful with Those G7 Governors

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has warned President Goodluck Jonathan to be careful with the kind of actions he takes against the G-7 governors who are threatening to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the next few weeks.

A top source, who is also a member of the PDP BoT, disclosed that the G7 governors can make Jonathan and his camp lose the next presidential election if they are not respected and accommodated . He said:
“Baba (Obasanjo) has spoken with President Goodluck Jonathan about the issues raised by those PDP governors. He advised him against being unnecessarily harsh on them. He reminded the president of the danger in sending seven governors away, with 2015 elections just around the corner."
The governors are Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto), and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).

The governors want Alhaji BamangaTukur removed as the national chairman, even as they demand internal democracy and lifting of the suspension on Governor Amaechi, among other conditions. Although they have had a dialogue with Jonathan, peace remains elusive in the party.

Only recently, five of the G7 governors were in Abeokuta to meet with Obasanjo to inform him of their plan to leave the PDP for Jonathan and work with the APC to defeat him in 2015. But Obasanjo pleaded with them not to do so, at least for now. He promised them he would caution Jonathan.

But appears Jonathan is not ready to listen to everything Obasanjo told him as he still goes after the governors in the G7 with every power at his disposal. Hence, the governors are ready to join the APC.

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