Jonathan reveals why Nigeria governors always fall out with godfathers/

Former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has offered reasons why some State Governors and their perceived god fathers heat up their state's polity, adding that some state governors were engaged in a bloody political fight with their political godfathers because they are afraid of not being allowed a second term.

He stated this yesterday at the Bayelsa Government House while attending an enlarged meeting of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders at an event meant to pick members of PDP's Elders Advisory Council in Yenagoa, in Bayelsa state.

Jonathan observed that immediately governors are elected, they start building their own teams, independent of their political benefactors, so as to consolidate and guarantee themselves a second term, which usually sets them against their godfathers.

He explained that it was part of the reason immediately he went to Abuja as vice president, he wrote a memo on the idea of an elders’ advisory council which could help douse such unwarranted tensions between governors and those who supported them in their careers.

The former president added that part of his reasoning was that the PDP as a party should also be able to establish a minimum benchmark for the return of governors for their second term, to reduce needless acrimony generated in many states.

He said: “When I went to Abuja as Vice President, I sent a memo that most of our problems we have at the state level is because there are a conflicts, but that in most cases, there are no people with authority to resolve the conflicts. So, it is good that we have a mini BoT at the state level.

“I have said that there is bound to be friction between governors and people at the centre, for the simple reason that the governors always feel that the godfather will not like to give them a second term.

“So, immediately they become governors, they start consolidating on their own and push the other people to the receiving end.

“For PDP to survive, we have to reduce this tension. The PDP must have a standard way of assessing our governors. Anybody who has the minimum requirements should be given the go-ahead so that the governor will not be afraid that somebody will not give him a second term ticket

which will cause infighting.”

He, however, urged all those present to put the interest of the party before personal benefits, noting that the next governorship election in the state should be the main focus of all, because the federal government will be desperate to take over the state.

Jonathan said: “I was quite pleased when the idea of an elders’ advisory council came up because they are capable of resolving conflicts. While we are pursuing our interests, let us not forget the interest of the party.

“For Bayelsa, we really have a lot of challenges because the centre will like to use its federal might. The elections are coming and I know they will like to do whatever it takes to take over, but you look at the calibre of people here and you know the key people in Bayelsa are here with us.

“Other parties can only win if we have a major crack in-house, in which case, one group decides to work against the general interest of the party. But I am sure that is why we have the elders council and I believe collectively, we will be able to do it. So, once the board is inaugurated, they will give us a direction.”

 


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