●From “Dance Hall To Church & Now Otuoke
Each time former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo makes a move or takes a step, he attracts attention. He is like the proverbial frog which does not hop out of its hiding place for nothing.
It is either something is chasing it or it is chasing something.
If my calculation is correct, Dr. Obasanjo visited former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan some four months ago and he is presently in Otuoke again. What could Baba as he fondly called by looking for this time around? Those who know confirmed to Yours Sincerely that it is simply for both men to decide who they should pick as candidate in 2019 and to mobilize support for the lucky candidate.
I gathered also that Obasanjo will he holding talks with the duo of Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar soonest after discussing with Jonathan.
The visit to Otuoke is the first leg of the final tour and talks around the country on who flies the flag of the past leaders who seem united in the course to get President Muhammadu Buhari out of Aso Villa come 2019.
“Baba has realised that Jonathan wields lot of influence and power ever since he left off in 2015”, my source begins. “Baba belittled Jonathan but has now realised that the man from Bayelsa was heavier than he thought.
This is buttressed by the latest development as massive defection hit the rank and file of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress. All those who fought Jonathan in 2015 just because they are power conscious have realised that the enemy you know is better than the angel you know not.
Now they are beating a retreat and making u-turn. There is no way they can achieve anything tangible in their return to PDP without recognizing the presence of Jonathan who has kept the party alive since the turbulent days of 2015 with his loyalists both in the North and South.
Jonathan saved the party from sinking during the Ali Modu Sheriff war with Ahmed Makarfi. He installed Makarfi and was instrumental to the emergence of Uche Secondus as National Chairman.
“The day of reckoning has come. Many of the returnees want to be President. They have been holding meetings but it has been impossible to settle for one candidate among the 10 from the North and three from the South.
They now know that Jonathan holds the key to reconcile all interests and aspirants because he still controls the party whether anyone likes it or not.
Anyone who is not ready to play by his rules now will be kicked out. This is why Baba is visiting. Baba is playing a very key role in this exercise.
He volunteered to play the role because he was the person that started this campaign of Buhari must go, more so, it was he who also worked with the then opposition to sack Jonathan and PDP from power.
“He is the one coordinating the whole plot. We hope that now that PDP has a larger house we will be able to come up with one candidate among the various interests and aspirants.”
Perhaps Obasanjo whose dance steps in a recent function dazzled many present must have been told by his spiritual leaders in church to visit Jonathan again and sort out any differences left before taking any further step.
His photograph during a recent church service went viral just as the latest with Jonathan in Otuoke is going viral.
Article written by Desmond Ekwueme