“Power must return to North,” – Northern Governors
There were indications at the weekend that President Goodluck Jonathan may not get a easy ride for his re-election in 2015 following a move by the northern governors to ensure someone from their region takes over power in 2015.
This new move was confirmed at their last meeting in Abuja which was attended by 18 of 19 northern governors.
At the meeting, the governors rejected the proposed seven-year single tenure, saying they are not on the same page with their Southern counterparts on the proposed single term.
Sources close to the meeting told “Daily Post” that the action of the Northern governors underscores the general feeling in the North that power has to return to that part of the country in the next election.
It is also a clear message to those it may concern that the Governors are not prepared to sacrifice their political future by supporting President Goodluck Jonathan in any way at the expiration of his current term in May 2015.
One source said: “The decision is an integral part of the 2015 agenda of the North to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from running for second or third term.
“Since most of them betrayed the North in 2011, they think it will be politically suicidal for them to take such a risk again. Of the 19 governors, 11 will complete their second term in 2015. Those returning to the society are out to correct the alleged mistake of last year.
“The anger in the North against these governors could compound the insecurity in the region if they commit another blunder.
“I think some of them also have either presidential ambition or are secretly involved in the ongoing political realignment in the country which is being fostered by both the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).”
Governors who are not returning to office in 2015 are those of Benue, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Niger, Kebbi and Adamawa.
Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Babangida (Niger), and Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) are believed to be nursing presidential ambition.
Another source said the governors are being careful because the body language of the President seems to suggest that he might go for a second term or use the constitution review to extend his tenure beyond 2015.
He added: “The North does not want to take anything for granted in 2015 to by voting straight to stop Jonathan from going for either second or third term or tenure elongation
“The governors also believe that if they allow the proposal to sail through, the President can take advantage of it to have retroactive effect on his tenure in the face of opposition to a fresh term in office.