Dr. Jonathan, who reportedly got angry at a meeting with PDP governors loyal to him on Tuesday night, asked them not to lose sleep over the party’s crisis.
It was also learnt that some forces in the Presidency are viewing with suspicion the peace moves initiated by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo because the aggrieved governors are seen as his “die-hard” loyalists.
The peace meeting called by the ex-President is scheduled for tomorrow in Abuja.
The President is said to have rejected Obasanjo’s peace moves.
A source, who spoke with our correspondent last night, said: “The President, after going through some security reports on the crisis, got angry and told the governors, ‘we will not lose sleep. Those who ignited the fire should go and quench it’.
“It is obvious that the Presidency is already closing in on those pulling the strings to divide the PDP ahead of the 2015 poll.
“I think the Presidency may damn the consequences. The next few weeks might be for dirty politics. There is a likelihood of tit-for-tat politics.”
At the meeting were Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Ramalan Yero (Kaduna); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Theodore Orji (Abia); Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Henry Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Idris Wada (Kogi) and Isa Yuguda (Bauchi).
Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs Ahmed Gulak and Deputy National Chairman of PDP Uche Secondus were also there.
A close aide to the president faulted Obasanjo’s intervention in the crisis.
According to the aide, “What is happening in the PDP has nothing to do with the President; it is not his headache at all and he is not losing sleep over it.”
The President believes that those who ignited the crisis should also look for ways to put it off. And from security reports, former President Olusegun Obasanjo is behind it; he cannot start a crisis and now pretend to be finding a solution to it.
“It is good that the current happenings are unfolding at this time; we now know those who are doing what, those who have been hiding their faces while creating problems – including security crises for the government. The government is studying the situation and will respond at the appropriate time.”
Obasanjo and the governors are battling to prevent President Jonathan from contesting election in 2015, the aide alleged, adding: “But the President will contest 2015 election and his achievements will speak for him.
“Those who are calling for revolution should better start preparing for it because President Jonathan will contest the election; Nigerians will decide his fate and not Obasanjo and the six or seven governors. Those calling for war should start preparing now,” he said.