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Is Jonathan really ‘in charge’?

The party also controls majority of the state governments in Nigeria. Unarguably, President Goodluck Jonathan is the leader of PDP, and therefore the leader of…

The party also controls majority of the state governments in Nigeria. Unarguably, President Goodluck Jonathan is the leader of PDP, and therefore the leader of the Nigerian nation.  It is therefore safe and easy to assume that the critical decisions affecting this country, good or bad, are taken under his care, and the buck stops on his table. It is generally known that actions and in-actions of those in government could enhance or diminish the reputation of the government – in this case, the federal government.
It, therefore, beats my imagination for the Presidency to say that it was not aware of the actions taken by the new Inspector General of Police, Sulaiman Abba, an appointee of the president, as they relate to the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives.  Is President Jonathan a weakling of sorts, or is he succumbing to political forces that are bent on misdirecting him on policy matters?  He should promptly query anyone who misrepresents his government’s policy position. Nigerians are quietly holding him responsible for the drift that is becoming so visible with his government. He has allowed his wife, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan, who has no role whatsoever within the PDP to continue meddling in the affairs of the party in such states as Rivers, Bayelsa, Kwara, Oyo, Abia, etc.
In most cases, her actions run and contradict certain norms that would have ordinarily strengthened and brightened up PDP and its constitution. For instance, in Rivers State, Dame Jonathan saw nothing awful and unbecoming in visiting the home of one of the governorship aspirants (Nyesom Wike) and ‘handing over’ the governorship ticket to him. Well, that action alone has torn PDP into pieces in Rivers State, and Governor Amaechi’s choice in Rivers APC is likely to win, in a state that is believed to be PDP stronghold. Is it that Dame Patience, who comes from Rivers State, has no patience to interpret the political mood in the state?
Or is there no one close enough to Dame Patience to educate her on the proper meaning and the spirit of Chapter 7 of PDP Constitution which enunciated equity, fairness, justice and rotation of critical political offices as cardinal points that have nurtured the upland/riverine enduring brotherhood.  The choice before President Jonathan is simple and straightforward: either he abdicates his position as the leader of his party or he sits his wife down and talks to her seriously. She is not the first to be Nigeria’s first lady. She is meddling too much into affairs that the constitution excludes her totally. With her behaviour, Nigerians are beginning to ask whether they are going to the poll in February 2015 to vote for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan or for Dame Patience Faka Jonathan. The president’s handling of national and party affairs in the coming weeks would help Nigerians decide who really we are voting for. Remember, Nigerians have options and alternatives. Jonathan should not allow his wife to create more political problems for him.

 Chief Godknows Johnson, Borokiri, Port Harcourt <[email protected]>;

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