Thursday, 2 June 2011

Dateline Nigeria: Self appointed Northern alliance meets to plot ways to undermine The President elect just hours after his inauguration.

New Generation Africa corresspondent in Abuja understands that less than 2 days after inauguration, fresh facts emerged, yesterday, that some politicians of Northern alliance were out to checkmate President Goodluck Jonathan as he begins his four-year tenure of office.

The politicians were also learnt to have vowed to ensure that they kept a constant tab on activities of Mr. President, especially on his utterances, with a view to using same against him in future.
New Generation Africa understands that the politicians represented diverse northern political groups such as Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF; Unity Forum, UF; and General Muhammadu Buhari’s political party, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.

Other interests allegedly represented at the meeting of the group which held on Friday, May 20, 2011, were the representative of a former Vice President; representative of a former Inspector General of Police; a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF; two former ministers and a former state governor who dumped the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but who have now ended up in the CPC and played a prominent role in the Yar’Adua administration.
Question of leadership

According to our source the meeting which was held in the Maitama district of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, was convened with a view to intimating “participants of the need for them to further earlier discussions towards the realisation of the Northern Presidency project in 2015, as well as the question of leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”

A competent source close to the meeting said it was argued that the success of Northern desires in 2015 would largely depend eventually on who secured the PDP leadership now.
He said: “One of the participants described as unfortunate the present crop of Northerners in the PDP, who he saw as only being used against the interests of the North.”

The source who said that participants were charged not to see the present situation of the North as a light matter, added that one of the leaders in attendance said: “It is a very serious one,” adding: “They read the comment of Senator Joseph Waku in one national newspaper, where Waku allegedly revealed that Mr. President, the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, the National Security Adviser, NSA; Directors-General of the State Security Service, SSS; and the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA; are all Christians.
Mark’s aspiration
“They noted that Waku had also wondered in the said publication that Senator David Mark who is also a Christian, should not similarly be aspiring to return to the position of president of the Senate, and that even among the present Service Chiefs in the Country, it is only one of them that is a Muslim.”
But the meeting was not all about lamentation as a bit of introspection was introduced as one of the participants admitted that “their respective attitude as Northerners is creating the prevailing situation for the North,” adding that they, however, did not know the level of havoc they had done and were still doing until the North will be out of political power completely.”

Another participant at the meeting, who had worked in Aso Rock Presidential Villa, gave a breakdown of the security configuration in the seat of power.
He said: “During (our) period in office at the Presidential Villa, there were about 1,500 personnel of the SSS, out of which almost 1000 were of Northern extraction. During the administration of late President Yar’Adua, out of the over one thousand SSS personnel at the Presidential Villa then, most of them were Northerners.
“There are about seven hundred SSS personnel presently deployed in the Villa, with only few Northerners among them, including one (names with held) a namesake of his, who he revealed, presently worked with Mr. President.” He added that a similar situation obtained with the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA.”

New Generation Africa also learnt that one of those in attendance at the meeting categorically stated that the “President should be put under check,” and that “this position was generally accepted to the participants”.
Consequent on an earlier point raised during the meeting, the participants were said to have enthused that some of the pieces of information gathered during their discussion would “make progress.”

A speaker at the meeting remarked that this reminded him of the on-going debate on the issue of leadership in both Chambers of the National Assembly, particularly that of the Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives.
He recalled that a fortnight ago, it was stated that there was no zoning, but that a week later; the same people maintained that there was zoning, adding that by the time media professionals began to blame the Presidency and the leadership of the PDP for double speaking on the issue, the Presidency and the PDP leadership could not defend it.
The source added: “The participants were thereafter admonished to document all comments made by Mr. President for the sake of posterity, so as to use same against him (Mr. President) later in order to also confront him that this and this, are what he (Mr. President) had stated at one point in time or the other”

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