VP WAR-Jonathan wants Yayale-Govs prefer Yuguda

// Headline | VP WAR-Jonathan wants Yayale-Govs prefer Yuguda
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
President Goodluck Jonathan

Barely 72 hours after the death of late President Umaru Yar’Adua and the swearing in of his successor, President Goodluck Jonathan, there is palpable tension over who becomes the Vice President.

It was learnt that four different groups are said to be interested in determining who becomes the second-in-command, with speculations that the new Vice President might be the one to step up should Jonathan decide against running for the Presidency in 2011.

The groups are the Governors’ Forum, Northern Senators, retired military officers and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. President Jonathan is also said to be keen on having the final say on the matter.

But Sunday Sun gathered that while the Governors’ Forum is insisting that one of their own should be appointed, President Jonathan thinks that he is now fully in charge and should determine who to work with.

The development came even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denied speculation of  consultation by the president over his choice for the office.
Since the death of Yar’Adua, the presidency has been enmeshed in a battle for the Vice Presidential seat with many names from the northern zone of the country being touted as possible candidates for the plum position.

According to our source, while Jonathan is working on a list of three including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Aliyu Gusau and former Minister of Agriculture and Resources, Muktar Shagari, the Governors’ Forum is insisting that he must pick from Governors Isa Yuguda, Sule Lamido and Babangida Aliyu.
The governors are of Bauchi, Jigawa and Niger states respectively. Interestingly, Gusau, Yayale, Shema, Yuguda are all from the Northeast geopolitical zone that produced the late President while Shagari is from the northwest.

But a source close to the Presidency told Sunday Sun that President Jonathan has put his feet down that he decides who to work with.
It was gathered that he is likely to appoint the Secretary to the Government of the Federation because of his loyalty throughout the six months crisis over the health of late President Yar’Adua and his absence from duty.

Ahmed, a Fulani from Bauchi is said to be more acceptable nationwide and has advantages over others because of his background as a technocrat whose wealth of experience would help to stabilize Jonathan’s administration.

It was gathered that part of the reasons why the President is more favourably disposed toward him is because of the perception that he is not a politician and may not yield to the ambition of contesting the next Presidential election.

But sources said governors are pushing the names of Ibrahim Shema and Isa Yuguda of Katsina and Bauchi states respectively. Yuguda is however said to be having more sympathy as an in-law to the departed President.

It was also gathered that Obasanjo, who is regarded as Jonathan’s godfather is said to be rooting for either former FCT minister, Nasir El-Rufai or former Agriculture Minister, Mukhtar Shehu Shagari. Senators and retired officers are however said to be rooting for NSA who they believe could assist Jonathan to break any resistance in the north.

Meanwhile, speaking with newsmen  at the weekend, the national publicity secretary  of the PDP, Professor Ahmed Rufai Alkali denied that the National Working  Committee had been consulted.
Alkali denied that Friday’s visit to the president was to confer with him on the party’s choice for the office of the Vice President.

``Early in the morning, on Thursday, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the former Acting President was formally inaugurated as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.

“So,  the entire NWC  took time to visit the president. One, to condole with him on the death of President Umaru Musa Yar`Adua, the man who was very close to him, the man he had worked with for a very long time and the national chairman, also on our behalf and on behalf of the party also congratulated him on his assumption of office as the president of this country.
“The party also pledged its full support to him, to do everything for him to ensure that he succeeds. So, all other maters now will have to wait”, he said .

Asked on the criteria he expects the president to take in appointing his deputy, hecalled for caution. ``Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in, just Thursday. So you have to give him time, because he has to make a  lot of consultations and I am sure that by the time he does that, Nigerians will know, of course it has a process, it has to also go through the national assembly. So, please I want you to exercise patience. First, join us to pray for the departed soul of Yar`Adua and also join us to pray for president Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that he succeeds in the challenges that lie ahead``

Prodded on the rationale behind the governors choice, Sunday source cited precedence saying`` The former president, Olusegun Obasanjo picked  former vice president, Atiku Abubakar  when he was serving governor in Adamawa”.

Tagged : Bishop David Oyedepo, Bed Wetting, University of Benin, 2012 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Halima Abubakar Fights With Tonto Dike, Halima Abubakar, First City Monument Bank Plc

Headlines Newsview all

Biafra Groups Meet In Accra, Ghana

A four day All Biafra Conference kicked off Friday in Accra, Ghana. The first Biafran conference was convened by an independent and neutral international organization affiliated ...

Senator Stella Oduah Officially Elected President of ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians

Former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, a lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly Abuja, has been elected as the ... Full story

Fuel Hike: Nigerian Students Threaten To Shut Down Schools In 11 States

The National Association of Nigeria Students,NANS, zone B, yesterday threatened to shutdown all tertiary institutions in the zone, comprising 11 states today in protest against ... Full story

Ijaw Youths Want Goodluck Jonathan Arrest And Face The Consequences

The Ijaw Youths Congress, IYC, has warned the Federal Government against its plan to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan over the ongoing probe of massive ... Full story

Nigeria Bleeds As Militants Blow Up More Pipelines

By Emma Amaize, Soni Daniel, Clara Nwachukwu, Emman Ovuakporie, Michael Eboh, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Egufe Yafugborhi, Brisibe Perez and Akpokona Omafuaire The nation's crude oil fortunes took ... Full story

President Buhari Reveals His Biggest Shock in Office

President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday, told editors and newspaper executives in a brief interview to mark the administration’s first year in office that the ...

Ekiti Workers Blast Fayose And Begin Indefinite Strike Over Non-Payment Of Five Month Arrears Of Salaries And Deductions

Government business and academic activities in public schools were paralysed yesterday as civil servants and teachers in Ekiti State began an indefinite strike to protest ...

I Can’t Sell Myself Or My Family To Pay Striking Ekiti Workers Says Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose has said he has no immediate solution to the demands of striking workers in Ekiti State, stressing that he cannot sell himself ...

EFCC Has Recovered Several Billions Of Dollars In 6 Months Says Magu

Within the last six months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured more than 140 convictions and recovered billions of dollars in stolen funds ...

Bill To Increase Power Of Sharia Passes 2nd Reading Without Debate

The bill to increase the powers and jurisdiction of Sharia Law in Nigeria passed second reading at the lower chambers of the national assembly without ...

Agatu killings: Benue Demands N100 Billion Compensation

The people of Benue State are asking for N100b compensation for the attacks on Agatu area of the State by unidentified Fulani herdsmen that led ...

Comment on: VP WAR-Jonathan wants Yayale-Govs prefer Yuguda

Rate this article

4.00

Breaking News

Lord Of The Pitch: The Return Of ‘The Broken One’

By Abayomi Kalejaye In J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic adventure trilogy, Lord of the Rings, the ephemeral defeat of the villain, Sauron, by the hand of ...

Adekunle Gold Opens Up On How Following A Girl To Church Changed His Life

YBNL singer, Adekunle Gold, has opened up on how he switched from his Islam faith to becoming a full fletched Christian. Gold also mentioned that his ...

Barcelona's Busquets Signs New Contract

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has signed a new five-year deal with the club. Busquets, 27, has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in ...

Clarence Peters Reportedly Robbed Off Equipment And Belongings Worth $60,000 In Ghana

According to Ghanaian media personality Ameyaw Debrah, award winning Nigerian video director, Clarence Peters, was robbed of his production equipment and other belongings estimated at ...

Nigerian Beauty Queen Involved In Serious Motor Accident

Face of Idoma carnival, Queen Ashley Yusuf was involved in a terrific motor accident along deadly Lafia - Akwanga road in Nassarawa state on Tuesday ... Full story

Breaking News: CAF Bans Giwa And 4 Others For 5 Years

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has slammed a five-year ban on embattled Chris Giwa and four four of his disciples thereby confirming and extending the ...

Onazi Named As Captain For Mali Friendly

Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will captain Nigeria in their friendly game against Mali in Rouen, France, tonight. The 23-year-old Onazi is one of the most senior ...

Yobo Testimonial: Port-Harcourt Agog As Top Football Stars Arrive

The Garden City of Port Harcourt will this evening play host to Joseph Yobo's testimonial match in celebration of his retirement and centenary appearance for ...

VIDEO: Jose Mourinho's First Interview As Manchester United Manager

Newly appointed manager of Manchester United Jose Mourinho gave his first interview to the club's TV channel, MUTV. Watch the video below. ...

OFFICIAL: Enyeama Extends Contract With Lille

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Lille, the French club have announced. Enyeama’s previous deal was due to ...