POLITICS!!!New Plan To Postpone Election Again Revealed.

The sources disclosed that Mr. Jonathan, Petroleum
Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, the chairman of the
PDP’s board of trustees, Tony Anenih, Ondo State
Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and Ijaw political figure,
Edwin Clark, were the main players in the new
scheme.
President Goodluck Jonathan and his inner circle have
begun new moves to jettison elections altogether,
hoping that members of the National Assembly will
agree to postpone polls once again and instead settle
for a so-called interim national government, according
to information received from several sources, one of
them embedded in the Presidency in Abuja.
The sources disclosed that Mr. Jonathan, Petroleum
Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, the chairman of the
PDP’s board of trustees, Tony Anenih, Ondo State
Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and Ijaw political figure,
Edwin Clark, were the main players in the new
scheme. They are reportedly determined to sell their
new plan to a small nucleus of key legislators at the
National Assembly to discuss how best to recruit
supporters, sources knowledgeable about the
astonishing plot revealed.
The team pushing this new idea, one source said, is
operating on the premise that it would be “dangerous
to hand over power to Muhammadu Buhari.” Ms.
Alison-Madueke was reported to be a hawkish pusher
of the idea, with one of our sources adding that the
Petroleum Minister was extremely anxious about the
prospect of a Buhari Presidency exposing her
numerous shady deals in the oil sector through which
she and a few players selected by her have drained
billions of dollars of oil revenues into their private
holdings.
Ms. Alison-Madueke has assured the group that some
officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) as well as several big-time
beneficiaries of oil sector deals, including importers of
refined fuel, were committed to the plan and willing to
provide slush funds to pay a bribe of $2 million dollars
to each senator and $1 million to key members of the
House of Representatives to persuade them to endorse
the plot to derail elections permanently and install an
interim national government. The president is working
through officials of the NNPC to fund the massive
bribe scheme.
Mr. Jonathan’s henchmen have begun discussions
with some members of the National Assembly as the
legislative body prepares to resume another legislative
session in Abuja next week. It would be the first time
the legislature would sit after the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced last
week that polls, which were scheduled for February 14,
2015, had been postponed for six weeks.
According to those who briefed SaharaReporters on
the latest scheme by the Presidency, Mr. Jonathan
plans to sell to key legislators the argument that,
since Nigeria is at war at the moment, the government
would need another six months at least to fight off
Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of Nigeria
before elections can take place.
A source close to a former military head of state,
Abdulsalam Abubakar, told SaharaReporters that Mr.
Jonathan had approached the retired officer and
pleaded with him to consider heading an interim
national government that would be put in place on
May 29, 2015 if Mr. Jonathan’s plan prevails. “General
Abubakar promptly declined the offer and immediately
informed some ex-heads of state about the offer,” the
source disclosed.
Mr. Jonathan and Ms. Madueke have revived the
scheme to avoid elections after a sobering meeting the
president held last Thursday night with PDP governors
and top party figures. The participants at the meeting
were candid in conceding that the forthcoming
presidential elections would not favor President
Jonathan despite its postponement for six weeks.
A source close to former President Olusegun Obasanjo
told SaharaReporters that the incumbent president’s
machination to thwart elections was the provocation
for a recent intensification of verbal warfare between
Mr. Jonathan and ex-President Obasanjo. The latter
has publicly accused Mr. Jonathan of plotting to
stymie election now scheduled for March 28, the same
way former President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire
caused a political crisis in his country after loosing an
election, bringing his country close to a civil war.
The latest plan by Mr. Jonathan, several sources said,
is driven by Ms. Alison-Madueke’s desperation. The
Petroleum Minister is reportedly worried that she
would not be able to avoid prosecution for several
questionable deals in the oil sector that have
catapulted her and her minions to billionaires. Her fear
is reportedly heightened by the fact that she does not
see the prospect of being granted asylum in any
European or North American nation should she decide
to flee abroad if Mr. Jonathan loses.
A source close to Mr. Jonathan revealed that First
Lady Patience Jonathan has occasionally fumed and
blamed Ms. Alison-Madueke of causing her husband’s
popular unpopularity.

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