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Presidency May Clash With Governor Obiano Over Romance With Amaechi

Anambra state governor Willie Obiano

By Chuks Ehirim

The cozy relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willy Obiano of All Progressives Grand Alliance [APGA], may soon hit the rocks over suspected romance between him and Governor Chibike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.

Anambra state governor Willie Obiano

Anambra state governor Willie Obiano

A source in Abuja revealed that there is an uneasiness within the Presidency concerning the suspected friendly relationship between Obiano and Amaechi even as the much talked about 2015 general elections draw nearer.

According to the source, reports have 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 anonymity, revealed that some hawks within the Presidency, had advised President Goodluck Jonathan to move against Governor Obiano but the President has so far not bowed to such demand.

The source lamented why somebody like Obiano, whom the President assisted to ascend to the thrown has continued to work closely with the critics of the president.

Governor Obiano 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 just concluded trip to the Holy land, Israel, for 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.

Recall that 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.

Close aides 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 Governor Rotimi Amaechi.


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