Icheoku says it is about time now for President Jonathan to say "wait a minute", this is no longer a tolerable political jostling and the normal political horse-trading in a democracy; but a fight to finish for his political life and he must fight like his life is dependent on it. Imagine the unpalatable conditions these guys are giving the president before peace could be made in the PDP as if they are the lords of Manor with all the aces in the party? Imagine these rascally governors throwing gauntlet against a sitting president and challenging and goading him for a fight; and you wonder why any president should be so disrespected and so demeaned in this manner? Icheoku says President Jonathan lost his mojo the day he decried that he is neither an army general nor a despot to tell Nigerians what to do and Nigerians, as represented by these governors, like the sharks they are, smelled blood and are now pummeling the president left, right and center. Imagine the base treatment this president has tolerated from these recalcitrant governors and continues to allow them to mete to him? Anyway, Icheoku believes it is not too late for the president to rediscover his presidential clout and use same in order to save his face and office. The president can still do something to turn this ugly tide or at least make these guys know who is on top of the food chain. Would they have dared what they are currently dishing out when Baba Iyabo was in Aso Rock or even the then ailing and now dead weakling Umaru Yar'Adua?
Icheoku says Jonathan where is the bite of your presidency? When would you bare your presidential fangs for these guys to know who is in charge of the land? It is now time to use it or forever be gored into political and historical irrelevance as the president who was ran out of town (Aso Rock) by ordinary governors and ordinary party hacks. Could these seven rascally governors or anyone for that matter attempt such effrontery during the reign of Baba Iyabo or even the debilitated Umaru Yar'Adua? Imagine the arrogance audacity of their demands that the party chairman be sacked; that the president should forget about 2015 reelection; that the NGF crisis should be resolved in favor of Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi; and that the governors should be left to run wild with their states' fiscal allocations and that they should not be check and balanced by EFCC; as well as other sundry lists of stupid demands before there could be any meaningful reconciliation within the party? Icheoku says these guys are acting as if they have all the aces and that the president won the election because of them and is in office at their pleasure? Imagine giving absolute conditions and terms for reconciliation based on purely what they want, regardless of the party or the other side?
Icheoku says the President won his election without carrying any of those recalcitrant governors' states except for Rivers, so why the sudden claim to political relevance by these power-grabbing governors that has made the president to allow himself to be so hog-tied to these governors dictates? What is it that really make these governors believe that without them that there can be no re-elected President Jonathan in 2015 or that the skies over Nigeria holds up by their grace? Imagine Jigawa State Governor Lamido was miffed at the president because his son was caught money laundering and now the errant governor holds it against the president? Icheoku queries:- does Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido want President Jonathan to be like Muhammadu Buhari who allowed his ADC Jokolo to bring into Nigeria 53 suitcases filled with hard currency from Saudi Arabia without necessary Customs' clearance during the 1983 currency exchange? Also Kwara State Governor Ahmed is mad at the president because he believes that as a governor he is free to run amok with state resources and that his brother cannot and should not be questioned by the EFCC for illegal Sixty million Naira State contract which he never executed?
Further, Kano State Kwakwanso is mad at the president because CBN Islamic Governor Sanusi will not be reappointed and was queried for doling out 500 million Naira Nigerians money to Kano State without presidency's approval. The governor is also furious because NPC Odimegwu had the audacity to query a 2006 made-up census figures that gave Kano State population superiority over Lagos? Rivers States' Rotimi Amaechi is politically too ambitious and is prepared to trade a zonal presidency for his selfish vice presidential interest and you ask yourself what has that guy been smoking lately to desire such a trade? If you were President Jonathan, what would you do for such a betrayal of regional effort and cause? Adamawa State Governor Nyako is pissed off at party Chairman Tukur and is now channeling his internal state misgivings with Bamaga Tukur at the president for standing by his party chairman?
As for Sokoto State, Niger State and one other, Icheoku believes that religion and oil revenue sharing formula has something to do with their unfavorable disposition at the current occupant of Aso Rock. But who cares what these mullahs think or feel about President Jonathan trying to lift his Niger Delta region from abject neglect despite their God given oil wealth, afterall Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida over-developed Minna and Niger State with Gwadebe/David Mark as military administrators during his military hijack of governance in Nigeria to the detriment of other states in Nigeria? It is also important to note that possibly these governors do not like the fact that the Boko Haram Islamic upheaval situation is firmly being contained as they had wished it would have been the easiest passport to accomplish their devilish intention to take back power.
Icheoku therefore implores President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP hierarchy to forget their attempt at resolving the trumped up grievances and rather treat these seven governors as insurgents out to get him. They possibly are working for the opposition APC and no matter the concession they receive, they will come up with something else as their grievance. Time is now to tough it out - if they want to go, let them go. Nigeria can accommodate multiple parties and let the best win the election. Let them form their own party, then APC and then PDP as well as other mushroom parties; it is okay but this attempt at wooing these errants must stop and NOW.
These spoilers are moles for the opposition; they do not have the interest of the party or Nigeria at heart and are doing whatever they could to bring down the house. Atiku ran away before; only to come back and is now pulling this latest joker of hijacking the party? So ask yourselves, who ever burns down a house he built except a psycho who wants to visit pain on its co-dwellers? Look at Oyinlola, a sacked former party scribe now parading himself as the new deal? Icheoku says this is simply laughable and further makes a mockery of a president who is as toothless as an old bulldog. A president who lost his fangs when he said that he is neither an army general nor a despot and cannot be expected to tell Nigerians what to do; so having made himself a mouse, is it any surprise that cats are now gnawing at his remains. Icheoku is emphatic that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan brought his current political hardship unto himself and only him can extricate himself from the hellish fire consuming his presidency.
Where in this world could it be told that a sitting president with all the accoutrement of office is been turned into a pinata and that his presidency is now adrift simply because his timidity has made it impossible for him to wield the big stick. All he has to do is turn loose his dogs of war and let them maul those who stand in the way - just break some knee-caps and the rest will fall in line, period. Obasanjo did it and even kidnapped a sitting governor; impeached another and removed some other via emergency declaration. It is called putting the fear of God in people so that even if they don't like you; at least they would be afraid of you which in Jonathan's case, none applies. It is indeed unfortunate that the presidency of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been decimated to such a laughing joke that ordinary state governor like Kano State Kwakwanso and his fellow-travelling revelers are now running circles around the president, dribbling and mocking him with their actions and utterances. Icheoku says to President Jonathan, ENOUGH should be your marching orders and NOW.