2015:PLOT TO DROP SAMBO THICKENS; PARTY CONSIDERS MUAZU, LAMIDO

The pressure on the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to drop his Vice-President, Namadi Sambo has increased judging from the recent consultations with the party hierarchy who prefer other members for the exalted position.

Findings revealed that a large number of the Northern caucus in PDP has faulted the Vice-President’s lack of influence in the North which they believed may work against the President’s re-election.

The permutation was that Sambo will not be able to wield enough influence to lead the party to success against the likes of General Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mallam El Rufai and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal who had shown his interest to decamp to the APC.

The calculation was also hinged on Sambo’s inability to hold his home State, Kaduna which is believed to be an elite State in the North and one of the many regions where the APC enjoys support.

The PDP is said to have been plotting to dominate other northern states even if the party will lose Kano which is one of the strongholds of the APC, the method is to cushion the loss with the winning of many northern states which calls for the need on why the party should consider a strong northerner as the President’s running mate.

The party is also of the opinion that the running mate should be the choice of the north as he would automatically emerge as the Presidential candidate in 2019, a position they don’t see Sambo occupying.

The party is claimed to have been rooting for the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu or the Governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido to replace the Vice-President.

The PDP Chairman is believed to be a strategist and a man fit for the job based on his experience and ability to relate with everybody in the party while Lamido who was also nursing a Presidential ambition before the party prevailed upon him to shelve his ambition to pave way for the President’s second term.

The suggestion of Lamido was said to have been immdediately quashed as many reasoned that if he becomes the Vice-President he might be unloyal to the President and hijack the party structure from him.

The President who is said to have taken the suggestions into consideration was said to have met with some of his loyal aides who advised him not to drop Sambo who they claimed has always been loyal to the President and given him all the necessary support in the course of their administration.

The President’s confidants compared Sambo/Jonathan administration with Obasanjo/Atiku’s admministration, an illustration which amused the President.

The battle for the President’s running mate is seen as a big hurdle which the party must scale without any fracture.