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Pressure on S-South govs to end ‘feud’ with Jonathan

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—SOUTH-SOUTH governors may review their lackadaisical attitude towards the Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and his probable inauguration as acting president, when they meet in Benin City, Edo State, during the week, in deference to some concerned elders and leaders of the region who have embarked on a fence-mending mission.

A source close to the governors told Vanguard yesterday: “Yes, the governors have been contacted by a lot of people on the matter, and in the interest of the South-South, they will simmer down and support Dr. Jonathan in so far as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is concerned, having been informed that the reasons for their indifference to the vice president have come to his knowledge.

“They (governors) have given Jonathan necessary support since 2007 but the truth is that there are a lot of intrigues over President Umaru Yar’Adua’s illness and they have to examine the issue and its variables very carefully before taking a stand.

“But now that their concerns have been laid bare, they would re-assess their position with the hope that the vice president will, henceforth, be straightforward with them.”

The vice president was understood to have also made efforts to reach out to the governors, but it could not be ascertained who he spoke with among them and what they discussed.

‘S-South govs’re toothless bulldogs’

However, coordinator of Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), Comrade Joseph Evah, in an interview with Vanguard yesterday, said “our governors have no influence as far as the matters are concerned.

“The South-South political leadership is a slave to the North. They have no voice, their silence is not a surprise to me. It’s the North that manipulates our political leadership, they are waiting for their rulers to speak, they are waiting for directives.

“It is not Jonathan that put them there, they know how they got there and that they will be removed if they do anything to the contrary.

“So, leave the governors, if they like, let them come out and support the constitution, if they like, let them keep quiet and wait for directives from the North. What I can tell you is that Jonathan has no problem with them, if they are looking for excuse, they should look for a better one”, he said.


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