As the Federal Government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) get anxious over the 2015 polls and the emergence of a coalition of opposition parties, nine governors of the ruling party and some of its lawmakers in the National Assembly have already been placed under surveillance.
The presidency and the party have directed security agencies to monitor the activities of the governors and the lawmakers from their states, who are considered “sympathizers” of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a coalition of opposition parties. The presidency and some PDP governors, it was also learnt, have begun mounting pressure on Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, who doubles as the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) chairman to drop his re-election bid and concede the post to the party’s anointed candidate, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, the Katsina State governor. Amaechi’s tenure as NGF chairman ends in May.
Sources say that the security personnel assigned to the governors have been instructed to monitor the movement of their principals, their visitors and meetings with a view to knowing their game plan for the 2015 polls. One of the sources said the motive behind the surveillance is aimed at availing the party with information on some of its members that could be serving the interest of the opposition coalition while remaining as PDP members.
According to a governor who spoke to THISDAY on Wednesday, the party and the presidency in their attempts to monitor the political activities of the affected governors suspected of nursing political ambitions, and members of the National Assembly, especially their interaction with APC members, have decided to keep a close tab on those the governors meet and the meetings they attend. It was gathered that the PDP governors under surveillance are four from the North-west, one from the South-south, two from the North-central and two from the North-east.
The source said the decision to place the governors’ activities under watch was because of security reports that linked them to having close ties to APC.
Some PDP members in the National Assembly, who hail from the same states as their governors, are also being monitored. The source stated that the security personnel attached to the nine governors would closely report back to their handlers the meetings the governors attend and those who visit them. The source said: “Though the earlier report pointed out that 12 PDP governors from the north and southern states were already making contacts with the APC, it was also gathered that the governors in question have one leg in PDP and one leg in the opposition.
“But our investigations show that they are actually nine in total and not 12, and the party is closely monitoring their political activities, including the meetings they attend, those that visit them, and so on.”