The cosy relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willy Obiano as well as the All Progressives Grand Alliance[APGA], may soon hit the rocks over suspected romance between the governor and his counterpart from Rivers State and chieftain of the main opposition All Progressives Congress[APC], Mr Chibike Rotimi Amaechi.
A source in Abuja revealed that there is an uneasiness within the Presidency concerning the suspected cosy relationship between Obiano and Amaechi as the much talked about 2015 general elections draw nearer.
According to the source, security report has it that some emissaries of the Rivers State governor,led by his brother in-law, Chief Dozie Nwankwo, have been paying frequent visits to the Government House, Awka and holding discussions with Obiano of late. It was learnt that following this development, Presidency officials have been monitoring the events closely.
The source who pleaded not to be quoted, revealed that some hawks within the Presidency ,had advised President Goodluck Jonathan to move against Governor Obiano but that due to his kind heartedness, the President has so far not bowed to such demand. The source said that the governor is some one the President assisted to ascend the thrown and has continued to work closely with him since he, Obiano, assumed office early this year.
The governor was said to have visited President Jonathan recently, with the National Chairman of APGA, Sir Victor Umeh, along with a billionaire businessman, from his state, Sir Emeka Offor,who facilitated the visit, during which very useful discussions were held, bothering on the 2015 elections.
To further show his soft spot for Obinao, President Jonathan included him in his team to the trip to the Holy land, Israel, for this year’s pilgrimage. The source said that in spite of these measures of goodwill, Obiano has continued to fraternize with allies of the President’s well known political foe, Governor Amaechi.
Both Governor Obiano and the National leadership of APGA, have publicly endorsed the 2015 re-election ambition of President Jonathan. As it did in 2011, APGA has also said it will not field any Presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections. Ironically, Governor Amaechi is diametrically opposed to the idea of Jonathan’s re-election.
Insiders within the Presidency are therefore said to be wondering if Governor Obiano does not reckon with the contradiction in his relationship with the President and romance with Amaechi, which is however yet to be of public knowledge.