The odds against Jonathan’s second term is just mounting by the day in less than two months to the general election.
It is so glaring that the Northerners attitudes to Jonathan’s campaign is not welcoming at all, even to the point the campaign posters are invisible in most of the northern states.
This development is therefore of great concern to those loyal to Jonathan because the posters are indeed crucial to the people’s support and Jonathan’s re-election victory.
When this current trends were compared with what it was in 2011 election, the results clearly shows that there was a very big difference because in the 2011 election, Jonathan’s electoral materials dominated the major parts of the northern states.
It was also learnt that those loyal to Jonathan in those states are cautious to openly voice their support as the sentiments appear to favor the ex-military ruler, Buhari of the All Progresives Congress, APC.
“The fear in openly identifying with Jonathan, according to competent sources, stems from the fact that some radical elements, who feel disappointed by the present administration’s handling of security challenges in the North-East are on the prowl waiting to unleash violence on suspected backers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” reports the Vanguard.
“It was learnt that the hoisting of PDP and Jonathan’s posters was being taken with caution in some of the PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC, states in the north because of those radical elements opposed to Jonathan’s return in 2015.
“A top PDP source explained to our correspondent that it was difficult to see many posters of the President even in states controlled by PDP.
“A Northern governor confirmed to our newsmen, yesterday, that most of the people were not keen on re-electing Jonathan and had since switched on their support to Buhari, whom they see as their only hope of returning to the Presidency after many years of remaining at the political periphery.
“If you like, take a tour of the major highways from Yobe to Kano and from Abuja to Kaduna and see how many of the president’s campaign posters are standing,” the governor said.
“There are even those on the street are so angry with anything Jonathan that if they find anyone trying to hoist his posters they would immediately remove or deface them.
“Other radical elements opposed to Jonathan have even warned those working for him in the north to retrace their steps or risk being attacked with their family members.
“I tell you that what is happening in the north since the emergence of Buhari has significantly altered the political fortunes of Jonathan in the North and it is going to be a tougher fight than what obtained in 2011.