As a new political bloc emerges in PDP, the former president’s associates regroup for the next political battle
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who saw to the nomination of President Goodluck Jonathan as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in 2011, may have kept a distance away from groups advocating for Jonathan to run for a second term in 2015, checks by Sunday Trust have revealed.
Sunday Trust learnt that the former president is disenchanted with many political and administrative steps taken by President Jonathan and that may have prompted his decision to thrown in the towel as the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees. Apart from resigning as the BOT chair, Obasanjo was absent at the recent Council of States meeting held in the Presidential Villa on June 11, 2012, which discussed strategies for tackling the insecurity in the country. Also absent at the meeting were former President Ibrahim Babangida and former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari.
Already, a bloc is emerging in the PDP which tend to have the support of Obasanjo. Members of the bloc include governors who may take a shot at the Presidency in 2015, and they include Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Governor Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State. None of these governors, who are known associates of Obasanjo, will run for a second term, and have been engaged in subtle moves to contest for the PDP presidential ticket in 2015.Continue reading