Is Peoples Democratic Party descending to the bottom? Many PDP members were unhappy that President Jonathan is teleguiding the party’s leadership to take actions that would weaken the party.
A Presidency source revealed to SaharaReporters today that President Goodluck Jonathan has been in a sour mood since the defeat of his candidate for chairman of Governors Forum. Governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi won the election, edging Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state who had the blessing of President Jonathan. Rotimi Amaechi’s margin of victory was 19 votes to Jonah Jang’s 16.
President Jonathan was attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, when he received news of Mr. Jang’s loss. Sources within his delegation said President Jonathan was so furious that he made angry phone calls to Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, blaming him for allowing the election to take place when Mr. Jang’s victory was in doubt. The sources also added that president Jonathan got so drunk that he was unable to wake up the next morning to deliver a scheduled address to fellow heads of state at the AU summit. Nigerian delegates said it was a moment of national embarrassment when the Nigerian president was called to deliver his speech and Jonathan was a no-show.