The attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to stop Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wammako from contesting for a second term, may have hit brick walls as all the Northern States Governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu have warned the President to shelve the idea.
The Northern Governors at a meeting at the President Villa, Abuja, Wednesday night, warned that the PDP would implode should the President go ahead with his determination to give Governor Wammako the â€œSylvaâ€ treatment.
The â€œSylva Treatmentâ€ in the political lexicon of Nigeria is the alleged subterranean move by the Presidency that led to the denial of a second term ticket to Governor Timpre Sylva by the PDP.
The Northern Governors were unanimous, they spoke with one voice and they categorically told the President that any action aimed at stopping Governor Wammako will mean doom for PDP in the North,â€ a high ranking PDP member who attended the meeting told Codewit.com on condition of anonymity.
Governor Wammako is accused to have worked against President Goodluck Jonathan during the Presidential election leading to the defeat suffered by the PDP in the hands of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.
He is also accused of supporting and bankrolling the election of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, against the zoning arrangement of the PDP.
Codewit.com gathered that President Jonathan indeed encouraged the former Sports Minister, Suleiman Yusuf to resign and contest for the Governorship ticket in Sokoto State but later announced that he was fired when it was realized that the former Minister had named dropped the presidents backing.
Sources told Codewit.com that the secret moves to remove Wammako, a strong ally of the Sultan of Sokoto, is considered â€œvery unpopular in Sokoto states and it has the potentials to backfire.â€
Meanwhile, two political interest groups Good Governance Project Initiative (GGPI) and Pro-Integrity Movement (PIM) have described the allegation against Governor Wammako, as calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
In a release signed by the groupsâ€™ spokes persons, Mr. Innocent Okadigbo and Mr. Sule Abu, the groups noted that Governor Wammakko ensured that President Jonathan won in his polling booth and ward and got the 30% of the votes from Sokoto State, which they said enabled him to secure an even spread for his presidential victory.
On the allegation that Gov. Wammakko supported the emergence of Aminu Tambuwal as speaker of the House of Representatives against the partyâ€™s guideline on zoning, the group said that it was simply coincidental that Tambuwal is from Sokoto.
â€œJust like every other PDP governor, Wammako urged Tambuwal to toe the party line but the situation was beyond the governor. Wammakko forced Tambuwal to the stream but could not force Tambuwal to drink water,â€ adding â€œTambuwalâ€™s election as the speaker was a national wave which no local force could