By Our Roving Correspondent
Speculations are rife that Elder Godsday Erubebe, who almost disrupted last week’s final collation of the presidential election results at the International Conference Centre, was actually acting the script of First (Last) Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, to chagrin of Nigerians and the international audience.
Dependable sources close to the presidency told DESERT HERALD that the first lady had urged Erubebe to disrupt the collation, even though the world was watching. But INEC Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega’s candour and philosophical calmness brought the situation under control.
Erubebe – a former minister and church elder – who allowed himself to be sacrificed on the altar of greed, according to political observers would “have themselves to blame because it is no longer business as usual”. President Jonathan’s fall owed much to the decision of voters from five of the six states of the South-West. And their resolve was not surprising because Jonathan and his henchmen and women in the PDP had neglected the people of the South-West and when he needed them most they turned their backs.
Perhaps taking a cue from the South-West, some states in the North-Central, which were traditional supporters of the President, also deserted him. They include Benue, Kogi and Kwara. Again, former Governor of Kwara state, Senator Bukola Saraki, was among the members of the PDP, who were shown the way out of the party. Saraki then joined forces with the opposition to finish off PDP.
However, Jonathan was able to make some impact in other states but voters from the North-West in what seems to a protest vote, voted en masse for President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari. The only zone with seven states revolted and sacked Jonathan. These states are Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna and Jigawa. In the North-East the story was the same.
Five out of the six zones voted for change and rejected continuity. The governors of the zone, who are members of PDP Jonatha’s so-called field commanders, were ambushed. The governors include Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), James Ngilari (Adamawa) and Ibrahim Damkwambo (Gombe). But Jonathan took Taraba State.
First Lady, Patience, who described Buhari as ‘brain dead’ during the heat of the 2015 presidential campaign and asked Nigerians to reject the retired soldier, will along with her husband President Jonathan vacate the lush and plush Aso Rock Villa May 29 2015 for the brain dead man. How is the mighty falling?