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

Boko Haram takes over another town in Yobe State

Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region, witnesses and a ... Full story

Ex-British council leader found dead after visiting Nigeria causes EBOLA fears in the UK

A former British council leader, Andy Smith, who was found dead at his home, had just returned from Nigeria, sparking fears that he might have ...

Maheeda “Changing ‘D’ is my hobby as far as there is condom”

Isn’t she supposed to be married? SMH!     ...

Chuka Umunna, 36 Year Old Nigerian Man May Become First Black British PM

On May 7, 2015, a Nigerian, Chuka Umunna, could make history by becoming the first black Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Born in London ...

Stella Adadevoh, senior physician consultant infected by Patrick Sawyer, dies

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded the fifth Ebola virus fatality with the death of Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a female consultant physician, in Lagos. Adadevoh, a consultant endocrinologist, ... Full story

Scores of Nigerian soldiers vow not to fight Boko Haram

At least, 40 soldiers in North-Eastern are refusing to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment. The BBC reported on Tuesday that one ...

Twerking at 40! Watch Funmi Iyanda Boogie Down At Birthday Bash In London

This is what happens wen you turn 40 but still have the mind and body of a 20something! Media personality Funmi Iyanda clocked the big 4.0 ...

Ebola Virus: Mixed fortunes for Nigeria, 3 new Ebola cases discovered, 4 patients discharged

It was a case of mixed fortunes for the nation, yesterday, in the management of the Ebola Virus Disease as three fresh cases were discovered, ...

Abducted Chibok Girls: Take military action now to rescue our girls, #BringBackOurGirls tells FG

One hundred and twenty days after the Chibok school girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, the BringOurGirls group, yesterday, challenged ...

T.B. Joshua claims Ebola is manufactured by Satan

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) declared in his church service on Sunday 17th August 2014 that the killer ... Full story

Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji Finds Love Again

Good times are here again for Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji as she appears to have finally fallen in love with a mystery guysomewhere. Although we don't ... Full story

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

Rate this article

4.00

Breaking News

[unable to retrieve full-text content] ...

Super Eagles foward, Bright Dike to cheer Sister, Falconets team mates in U-20 World Cup final

Super Eagles striker, Bright Dike, will cheer his sister Courtney and the Falconets when Nigeria plays in the final of FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup ...

The Reason I Went Solo on Gospel Songs………Lara George

Former group member of the defunct gospel group, KUSH, Lara George, has explained why she decided to go solo as a gospel artiste.Lara, disclosed that ...

All Women I Have Met Are Not Wife Material……Actor, Martins Amaihe

Seasoned Nollywood actor, Martins Amaihe, who is set to stare in a Bollywood movie, has disclosed that despite his achievement in Nollywood, he is yet ...

My Husband Wishes To Teach Me How to Be Romantic…..Actress, Jaiye Kuti

I will Rather Drop That Job Than Kiss Another man, Tongue to TongueNollywood actress and producer, Jaiye Kuti, has explained that though some men might ...

I Pray Jonathan Gives Me Money—Omoni Oboli

Since Omoni Oboli screened her new flick, 'Being Mrs Elliot’, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, she has been under attacks from different quarters over ...

Why I Exposed My Daughter’s Identity—Waje

Female music artiste, Waje, who has a daughter of about 15 years old, has revealed why she eventually posted pictures of her daughter on the ...

Tee-Y Mix With GogoBaby Competition Winners (Pictures)

Not too long ago, a dance completion was put up for Immaculate’s ‘GogoBaby’ single which was tagged the ‘GogoBaby Dance’.‎ Beat 99.9FM gave out the ...

Monalisa Dazzles At Del-York Film Academy Awards (Pictures)

Over the weekend, sultry Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda was present at the award ceremony put together by Del-York Film Academy.At the colourful occasion, Monalisa shone ...

Genevieve Nnaji join ALS Icebucketwater Challenge

The actress is the latest to join the ice bucket water challenge which supports MDS (Motor Neurone disease).She nominated Psquare and Jude.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) ...