Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s claimed presidential ambitions met a snag in March when the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, was disbanded.
The dissolved CECPC purportedly planned to field Jonathan in 2020, with intentions for Jonathan to serve one term while power returns to the North and Buni serves as his vice president.
Two governors are said to have backed the proposal, according to sources (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 Newsmen 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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