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Jonathan Visits 50 Northern Leaders & Emirs Secretly, Begs Them To Help Him Win Election
March 23, 2015 – Jonathan Visits 50 Northern Leaders & Emirs Secretly, Begs Them To Help Him Win Election
GEJ has been paying secret visits to the North’s leaders, Emirs and groups ahead of Saturday’s election.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s biggest challenger, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is from the North.
The President and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are worried about their prospects in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kebbi, Niger, Bauchi, Kano, Borno, Yobe, Kwara, Zamfara and others.
This, said a source, is why the President has turned to the Southwest as the “real battleground”.
Jonathan has visited more than 50 key leaders in the North, urging them for support to sway votes in his favour.
A top source said: “Apart from the few visits captured by the media, the President has in the last six weeks met with more than 50 key Northern leaders, Emirs and groups to come to his rescue. His message has been reassuring that he will not disappoint the North.
“Jonathan made most of the trips nocturnal to protect the image of the leaders and Emirs, who are described as match-makers in the region.
“Some of the leaders Jonathan has lobbied are ex-President Ibrahim Babangida; ex-Minister of Defence Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma; former Minister of Defence Mallam Adamu Ciroma; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Amb. Maiatama Sule; and Alh. Tanko Yakasai, among others.
“He believes these leaders and Emirs can turn the table against Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,” the source said, adding:
“It has, however, not been easy penetrating the North because of the perceived marginalisation of the region by his administration.
“It has reached a frustrating level that in some states, the President and the PDP are only striving at securing at least 25 per cent of the votes.
“The President panics because while he is sure of above 80 per cent of the votes in 11 states in the South-South and South-East, the North has been a hard nut to crack. Only Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Kogi and Gombe have given some ray of hope.
“As I am talking to you, there is a fresh plan for the President to visit Adamawa State for the third time to meet with some PDP stalwarts who defected to the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
“The President wants to prevail on these defectors to dump their ambitions and return to the PDP to ensure the victory of the ruling party.”
Vice President Namadi Sambo is said to be under pressure to deliver the region.
The problem, said the source, is compounded by the fact that most of the ministers from the North have not been embarking on direct campaigns for votes because of the likely backlash.
“None of the ministers has been outstanding in mounting the soap box for Jonathan because the North is volatile. Instead, the ministers only appeared at the presidential campaign and zonal rallies before receding into the background,” he said.
March 23, 2015 at 9:59 PM
like i said in my other comment, the man is desperate for the election let the apc man step down for him
March 23, 2015 at 10:52 PM
@ Idayatu Step down my foot,if you don’t know what to comment just shut up your mouth,people like you are the main problem Nigeria facing,because being a coward will only keep your future eaten by some hoodlums in power,let Jonathan continue,its actually a matter of time,meanwhile he has already gotten on so many toes not just to Nigerians but to the international community since the day over 200 girls went missing,senseless deaths and not forgetting corruption all under his administration,these foolish man seems to be forgetful,i hope he remember these two ONCE great men Ghaddafi and saddam Hussein,despite how powerful and the multitude number of security they had,they both ended exactly like a smelling cockroach,Jonathan’s life is definately like a time bomb.like I said before,is just a matter of time.
March 24, 2015 at 12:25 AM
I wonder if this president is not lost in dilution and unrealistic dream about his reelection efforts. If the president was smart enough with the right and correct IQ, he should know by now that he is a big loser in the upcoming presidential election. How can any reasonable incumbent president from Southsouth state of Bayelsa goes around trying to convince Northern political leaders and Emirs to forsake their own son and vote for a failure of the past six years? I think that president Jonathan is not in the right state of mind because of his foolishness and desperation to remain in power. More than 150,000 innocent Nigerian people living in the north have been murdered by Boko Haram terrorists, Jonathan’s economy is a disaster to all struggling Nigerians, millions of northerners living in Borno state and Adamawa have been displaced or forced to abandon their homes Boko Haram of Boko Haram killings and threats. In addition to that, power have been taken away from the north for almost 14 years excluding 2 years of president Yaradua stay in Aso Rock Villa before his untimely death. Most importantly, majority of Nigerian people including the Yorubas of Edo, Delta, Kwara, and Rivers state are overwhelmingly against this corrupt and criminal president Jonathan. General Mohammad Buhari will surely win 99.9 % of the northern votes including Niger state, Plateau, Kaduna, Adamawa, and Kogi states. My Yoruba people will also give the General about 90% of our votes. General Mohammad Buhari will surely win Imo state and Anambra state because of great achievements and popularity of governor Okorocha of that state. Therefore, if I were president Jonathan, I will allow Nigerian people to choose who they think will best represent their interests in the upcoming presidential election. The President’s failures of the past six years coupled with the barbaric behavior of his foolish and illiterate wife will surely work against him on March 28th, 2015. He can continue to bribe people that will take his money because of their hungry stomach, but in the end, Nigerian voters whom president Jonathan has treated so badly in the past six years determine who become our next president on the election day. President Badluck Ebele Jonathan is a joker for thinking he can bribe northern leaders and Emirs to get the northern people votes. Only a fool thinks in that direction, hello Mr. Foolish.
March 24, 2015 at 4:30 AM
Omokehinde you won’t die young,well said meh.
March 24, 2015 at 6:55 AM
omokehinde wa dagba ,wa dogbo, oni ku rewerewe …well said my dear …lets all stop fooling ourselves ,if jonathan rule nigeria again!omg we are finish i swear…march 28 is all about buhari ….(yoruba) obasanjo rule,(hausa)yaradua wan rule them kill am, ibo rule him spoil am and worsen all ,now let buhari rule and bring back a better nigeria out of all the mess jonathan has caused us…so many people plan to come home from abroad for them not to go back abroad,but getting here they met different things,which they cant even bare half of it….i know and i believe if buhari rule Nigeria,Nigeria will be a better place ,a place where we can live and hope for a better tomorrow….i rest my case.