A source at a PDP inner caucus meeting in Enugu just before the presidential (s)election claims that the outgoing governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, told those present that he did not believe that Goodluck Jonathan wanted to win.
This belief seemed to stem from the president’s apparent unwillingness to turn the (s)election into a “do or die” affair.
Chime also predicted that Goodluck will lose and that there was no way that the six weeks postponement of the (s)election date from February 14 to March 28 was enough to prevent the president’s defeat.
The source said that Chime was not particularly keen to help the president inflate his polling numbers (which they knew would happen in favour of Buhahari in the north) because the PDP hierarchy helped to prevent Chime from running for senate.
The governor had hoped to become a senator on the expiration of his second term. But his Enugu West constituency seat was occupied by the deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu was only willing to vacate the seat if was going to be given the PDP ticket for governor, which Chime had reserved for his puppet Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The PDP hierarchy forced Chime to choose between anointing his successor as governor or becoming a senator. He chose the former. As a result, his contribution towards the re-election effort for the president was lukewarm at best.