In what can best be described as Valentine Gift from the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, some PDP States Governors got a whopping N20b largesse to step up their support from his (President) re-election bid
Governors from the PDP states and other key leaders of the party met with President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday night at the Villa. The meeting which extended to the wee hours of this morning, took place at the First Lady Conference Hall in the Villa. All the PDP governors were in attendance except the governor of Bauchi, Isa Yuguda and his counterpart from Jigawa state, Sule Lamido. They were not also represented at the meeting. The National Executive members of the party were led by its Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu who also moderated the meeting.
Other noticeable key members at the meeting include Chief Tony Anenih and Chief Edwin Clark who arrived together in an FG marked SUV Jeep around 11 pm. There was only one agenda at the meeting; to use the opportunity created by the new poll date to canvas more supports for the failed administration of Mr. Jonathan.
A reliable source at the meeting told National Enquirer exclusively that some of the issues reviewed included the inglorious exit of key figures like Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso from the party. Drama ensued when the PDP Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu tactically blamed the wife of Mr. President, Dame Patience for sparking off the problem which led to Amaechi's eventual exit from the party.
We gathered reliably that, It took the intervention of elderstateman, Chief Edwin Clark to save the situation. The chairman, Adamu Mu’azu also cautioned Mr. Fani-Kayode, Doyin Okupe and Oliseh Metu to tread softly in their propaganda which seems to be giving General Buhari more popularity by the days. He advised the party to be more issue based in its campaign rather than attacking Buhari if the party must get good supports from the North.
Insiders disclosed that when the embattled President Jonathan finally stood up to talk, he thanked all the members present particularly the Governors and the National Executive Committee of the party. He assured them of his total support and enjoined everybody to work together for the party to win the Presidency. Quoting him, "The win at the poll is for all of us. We must work hard to save the party and all our contestants. It is true, the reports out there call for greater concern and this is why we must use the new window in the poll-shift to talk to Nigerians, woo and even beg them where necessary." His speech was brief and straight to the agenda of the meeting. Chief Anenih also begged the members present to redouble their efforts in their different states so as to win the coming election, he said, "it is either will win or perish together." Chief Edwin Clark was more vociferous in his remark, as he asked rhetorically “why is Mr. Jonathan seems not getting people’s acceptance despite all his laudable achievements.” It was silence, until the governor Of Ekiti state interjected, “Na conspiracy against us.” Laughter pervaded a corner of the hall where some governors of the Northern state were.
Chief Edwin Clark, we gathered continued, "please my people I beg you, this election is a must win for our president and all of us." At about 3am, Doyin Okupe in company of Akin Osuntokun came in with a long list and immediately moved towards the president for a small conversation. He dropped the list in front of Mr. President and located an empty sit at one corner of the hall. The president pushed the list in the direction of Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and left the meeting with the Vice president around 4.05 am. At this point, Akpabio took over the meeting and he announced that Mr. President has approved the distribution of N20 billion among some state governors. He also announced that the following states (Kano, Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna) would take N2billion each to woo voters in this states.
Another 2billion, according to governor Akpabio is also set aside to buy some political and public analysts to talk more about Mr. President and his achievements over the last 6 years. Some TV stations such as AIT and Channels would do the Job. The meeting agreed to reduce negative adverts on Buhari, but Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti and his counterpart from Ondo saw it differently. The meeting came to an end at about 6. 10am this morning.