|Bukola Saraki: Nigeria Governors' Forum Chairman|
The three groups that have emerged so far, chidi opara reports learnt are the Gbenga Daniel, Bukola Saraki and Adams Oshohmole groups. Daniel, Saraki and Oshohmole are governors of Ogun, Kwara and Edo states.
These factions are controlled by prominent politicians jostling for stakes in the 2011 general elections.
The Bukola Saraki group we learnt is being controlled by rtd. General Ibrahim Babangida, an aspiring Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) presidential candidate.The Gbenga Daniel group is reported to be controlled by the Presidency, while the Adams Oshohmole group is being controlled by Mr. Bola Tinubu, financier of Action Congress Of Nigeria(ACN). Tinubu is believed to be holding on for Mr. Nuhu Ribadu who is likely to contest the 2011 presidential election on the platformof ACN.
Mr.Peter Obi of Anambra state and Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano state are reported to be non alligned at the moment, but with the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, the apex socio-cultural group of Igbos, Obi is reported to be thinking of tilting loyality to the Gbenga Daniel camp. It is not yet known to which direction Shekarau would go, but a yet to be confirmed information has it that the Kano state helmsman would continue to sit on the fence, atleast for now as a bargaining strategy.
It would be noted that when Bukola Saraki, the NGF Chairman recently indicated desire to quit, the Presidency reportedly imposed Daniel, the imposition was subsequently resisted, resulting in a return to the status quo. chidi opara reports however learnt that "in the mean time, there are arrangements for a proper change of leadership".