Desperate corrupt northern politicians in Nigeria are resorting to ‘politics of blackmail’ as political events in Nigeria get mucky with attempts to discredit President Jonathan and set a section of the country against him.
The governors have set a propaganda machinery in motion to blackmail President Jonathan that he was anti north and that the president is picking on some north governors to be investigated of corrupt practices because they are against his presidential candidature in 2011.
The desperate governors are looking for escape route to avoid being investigated of massive corrupt practices and embezzlement of government and public money and are therefore picking on President Jonathan, accusing him of intimidating northern governors, and alleging that he had ordered corruption investigating body, EFCC to witch hunt against those opposed to his candidacy in the coming elections.
The country’s anti-graft agency strongly disputed the accusation, which comes amid divisions in Jonathan’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party over whether he should declare his candidacy in the coming election in January.
Jonathan has not announced his candidacy, but is widely expected to run. His team is believed to be working intensely behind the scenes to line up support, particularly from the country’s north where opposition has built up as desperate attempts are made to keep power in the part of the country without consideration for national interest and development.
An organisation of northern politicians feeling threatened that Jonathan may eventually declare his interest are taking a very sleazy route to blackmail the President who came to the fore as the nation’s leader following the death of incumbent, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua,
In a mischievous statement issued to the public, the forum “urges President Goodluck Jonathan … to desist from use of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intimidate and harass governors and political leaders.” from the northern part of the country.
It alleged that the politicians being targeted were those “opposed to his ill-advised attempt to subvert the agreed zoning formula by seizing the Peoples Democratic Party ticket in next year’s general elections.”
Zoning refers to the party’s unwritten policy of rotating its presidential candidates between the mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south every two terms.
The presidential seat has been highly politicised as many unpatriotic elements take the initiative to ditch nationalism for self pursued interests, a situation that has begged the question as whether truly, Nigeria is a united country even fifty years after Independence.
Jonathan, a southerner, took over in May following the death of president Umaru Yar’Adua, who was from the north.
Some within the party argue that Jonathan should be abandoned in favour of a northerner since Yar’Adua did not even complete his first term of office.
The statement was issued by the Northern Political Leaders Forum, a group of prominent politicians from the northern region whose agenda remain the pursuit of selfish sectional interest rather than the interest of the nation as a whole.
The statement has been termed by many across the world as attempts to shield corrupt governors from investigation while inciting members of the public against the president to cajoled him into dropping his ambition to run in 2011 election.
There had been stern warnings from the Delta region where Jonathan hailed from that, if he dropped the ambition, he would no more be welcomed as citizen of the area while many had threatened that the erea would be severed out of Nigeria nation.
The EFCC anti-graft agency however has called the claim a fix attempt to “blackmail”, harass and set some northerners who are less informed against President Jonathan.
EFCC said it had an obligation to investigate any legitimate corruption allegations in any part of the country as long as they had their evidence.
“The EFCC is not under any pressure from the presidency or any other quarters to do anyone’s bidding on any issue,” it said in a statement.
Investigations are ongoing over “multi-billion naira fraud allegations” in a number of states, including a couple in the north, it said.