The alleged presidential ambition of former President Goodluck Jonathan had hit the rock in March following the dissolution of the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC.
The plan to field Jonathan allegedly started in 2020 by the defunct CECPC with plans for Jonathan to serve one-term while power returns to the North and Buni stand as his vice.
Sources claimed that the move was sponsored by two governors (a first-term governor from the North-East and a second-term governor from the North-West)
A source in the party that spoke with Vanguard said, “The plot was hatched by a Kogi politician, who was close to the CECPC leadership. It was essential to get Governor Buni to deputize for Jonathan who would serve for one term and then power would return to the North.
“It was principally because of that plot that its arrowheads were doing everything to frustrate the last national convention and pave the way for the Buni CECPC to remain in charge to conduct the convention alongside the ongoing primaries. That way, it would have been easier to get the delegates to vote for Jonathan. But unfortunately, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, came in the way of that plot. He was insistent on the right thing being done. He was the first to announce that the last convention would hold and that the party had even agreed on zoning. It was like a subtle ambush but it worked.
“The plot did not however die as its promoters kept trying to recruit more supporters. With what is going on now, they appear to have secured the support of more power brokers around the president. Jonathan is essentially a candidate of a section of the North.”
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