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Frisky Larr (M. A.)

Radio/Television Journalist/Communication Scientist, Govt. accredited Translator/Interpreter of the English language
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Latest information from reliable sources failing to provide further details is now however suggesting that the President has currently been placed on life support on his hospital bed. A condition which normally indicates that a vital organ is failing to function perfectly without external machine support!

 



Yar’Adua’s Condition worsens, Succession battle heats up!
by Frisky Larr
 
Information coming out of sources close to Aso Rock is painting a dismal and grim picture of President Yar’Adua’s condition on his Saudi hospital bed. This could not have come at a worse time for loyalists and members of the President’s kitchen cabinet jostling for a quick return of the President to the seat of power at all cost. The need for a quick return is basically informed by the urge to calm a highly agitated polity amid a state of political uncertainty that is fast spiraling out of control. Early optimism fed by Yar'Adua's positive response to administered treatment suffered a huge setback yesterday as cautious medical voices echoed a backslide in the President’s condition.

Latest information from reliable sources failing to provide further details is now however suggesting that the President has currently been placed on life support on his hospital bed. A condition which normally indicates that a vital organ is failing to function perfectly without external machine support!

As can be expected, the consequence is dire and is intensely fueling the rumor mill and political actions behind the iron curtain. Prominently pitched against each other at the moment, seems to be the camp of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and loyalists of the ailing President. The voluble echoes trickling out of the invisible and clandestine northern group clamoring for the completion of the northern term on the zonal arrangement had initially favored a scenario seeking Vice President Jonathan’s resignation in the event of an irreversible Yar’Adua’s incapacitation. Stern and unmistakable signals emerging from southern reaction have however indicated dire consequences in the event that the Vice President is unconstitutionally coerced into premature resignation.

There has obviously been a clear backtracking from this position which seems to have made way for Jonathan’s completion of the few months left of Yar’Adua’s term. The key to succession is now focused on who would eventually emerge as Goodluck Jonathan’s deputy. While the Obasanjo camp is reported to be strongly canvassing for Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, the camp of Yar’Adua’s loyalist is obviously throwing its political weight behind Governor Isa Juguda of Bauchi State. The calculation being the eventual discontinuation of Jonathan in 2011, thus paving way for the eventual deputy to assume the rudder of governance!

It will be recalled that Sule Lamido is viewed as a close confidant of Olusegun Obasanjo who served in the latter’s cabinet as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The former President is also widely believed to have facilitated Lamido’s ascension to the office of Governor. Isa Yuguda on the other hand, is the Governor at the center of a recent marriage event, in which one of President Yar’Adua’s daughters was betrothed to him as the latest in a polygamous household. Whichever way it goes, each of these Governors is regarded as a staunch loyalist of the camp they represent.

Grumbles reaching out of the Delta region are however sounding another unmistakable warning that the northern cabals should desist from playing God. Their argument is founded on the reasoning that an internal PDP zonal arrangement should not be allowed to supersede the constitutional sovereignty of the land which clearly regulates the issue of succession in the event of a President’s death. It is therefore resounding the warning that withdrawal on the part of Jonathan from the presidential throne in 2011 in the aftermath of invisible northern pressure to make way for succession by any eventual deputy will not be tolerated. Stakeholders are now eyeing an Obasanjo-Atiku model, in which Atiku Abubakar largely called the shots in Obsanjo’s first term.

Meantime, the ailing President is said to be lying under the watchful eyes of strong affiliates who may stand to lose a huge stake upon the demise of the resilient President. Prominent among such affiliates is said to be ex-Governor James Ibori who features among the very few entourage of the President’s men hanging out with him from the very first day.
 

 

 


 
 

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