I am not in Rivers to help impeach Amaechi- Patience Jonathan

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

The president’s wife said she could visit Rivers at anytime.

The first lady, Patience Jonathan, has said her current visit to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, is not meant to unseat Governor Rotimi Amaechi as has been insinuated in the media.

There have been media reports that Mrs. Jonathan, who is an indigene of the state, was backing the anti-Amaechi members of the state House of Assembly and planning to remove the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rotimi Amaechi.

Five Rivers lawmakers of the 32 members of the Assembly have declared their opposition to the assembly and the governor on some state issues. The five, believed to be loyal to the presidency, have also been accused of plotting to impeach the governor.

The first lady’s office, through Ayo Osinlu, the spokesperson to Mrs. Jontahan, claimed in a statement on Sunday evening that it has “observed reports in some of today’s (Sunday’s) national dailies which are an obvious attempt by “certain interests to link the current visit of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, with a desire to unseat the governor of the state.”

Mr. Amaechi has had a fall out with the presidency and the leadership of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, over his stance on various public issues.

The president’s wife, however, said she is not in the state to work against the governor’s interest and “the entire country is her constituency as mother of the nation, a situation that comes with the liberty to visit any part thereof at will.”

She also explained some of the programs she travelled to Rivers for.

“Her Excellence was the Special Guest of Honour at the official commissioning of the Yitzhak Rabin International School, Port Harcourt on Friday, June 15; during which she also received an award from the Yitzhak Rabin Centre for African Development for her successful advocacy for women empowerment and the achievement of enduring peace in Nigeria and around the continent.

“She also featured eminently as Mother of the Day at the wedding of her brother and member of the Rivers State Legislature, Evans Bipi, on Saturday.”

Mr. Bipi is one of the five lawmakers accused of plotting to impeach Mr. Amaechi.

“The First Lady will finally receive well wishers at the burial of her grandfather on Sunday, the 23rd,” her spokesperson said.

Mr. Osinlu, however, claimed that, “It is difficult to see how any of the activities above is associated with the political circumstances of anyone.

“Perhaps we need to remind those who are crying wolf and are being harassed by their own ghost, that Rivers is the home state of the First Lady, which makes her a principal stakeholder with all the rights and privileges to visit the state as she considers needful.”


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    This semi-illiterate first lady and wife of the clueless,incapable and incompetent President Jonathan-Dame Patience Jonathan is over-stepping her bound with her disgraceful negative impact to the Nigeria presidency.
    Who is Patience Jonathan to impeach an elected state governor?Maybe she was overating her ego as she weights nothing and can not impeach a seating elected governor of Rivers State Amaechi.

    • deri

      as for u there is no need answering your question cause u are empty! .U have never said anything reasonable in this forum-think about about the release of al mustapha the man who murdered kudirat while with buhari in abachas government and the killing of 10 yoruba traders by boko haram-so when others are commenting pls hide your head in shame-u have been told she was in rivers state for an officials engagement-and u are still raising your yoruba voice here-was jonathan the one who imposed tambuwal on the house instead of your yourba sister-its only when it concerns jonathan that we see you raise your voice not when your people are being killed like goats in the fulani north do u talk

  • Omidan

    The woman is a major mole on the skin of this government. In my opinion, every couple has a few things in common, and it appears the ability to inflame the polity through careless, senseless, ignorant, nepotistic and narcissistic statements is common to Dame and Dr Jonathan.

  • Ekpenyong Cobham

    Madam you and your husband have disgraced us, it is unfortunate, that both of you are exhibiting so much ineptitude, arrogance and high rural content.
    Your spouses recent actions in RIVERS STATE, exposes his undemocratic credentials and lack of capacity to constructively manage political descent and win back confidence of lost allies.

    No intelligent politician would set a strategic state like rivers on fire, when he has lost the confidence of other geo political zones in a bill up to an undeserving second term bid.
    Honestly, as a south south man, i see both of you as a personification of every thing that we are not, I,am ashamed.

    • deri

      On April 23, 2013, Governor Amaechi subsequently constituted a seven-man caretaker committee to run the affairs of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State. This action has consequently thrown up two critical ethical questions. The first question is:

      Why should the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, trample upon the mandate of the people of Obio/Akpor simply on the basis of political victimization?

      Why does Governor Amaechi use the sacking of democratically elected officials so vindictively?

      The case of the sacking of the Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area of the State, Tamunokuro George Oba, is still fresh in our minds. He was sacked in the most spiteful and unethical manner. No reason, however feeble was given for his removal. To relieve him of his position, his signature was forged and appended to a fake letter of resignation (purported to have been authored by him). Even when the Okrika Local Government Area Chairman passionately protested to everyone that he did not write his own letter of resignation and that his signature had been forged by unknown persons, all his entreaties fell on deaf ears. Amaechi was hell bent on demonstrating his power as the king maker and power taker who’s every whim and caprice must be obeyed.

      Those in power must use the position cautiously and judiciously. The Governor must stop flexing his muscles and stop trying to play a tin-god. He is advised to take a leaf from the wisdom of the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who declared a state of emergency in three states Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. President Jonathan did not dismantle the structures of democracy in those states by removing their elected governors.

      As an elected official into the highest office in Rivers State, the Governor must tread cautiously. Amaechi must understand and appreciate his own precarious situation lest the sword of Damocles which he so readily wields in the local government areas of his State falls on his own head – A word is enough for the wise.