My visit to Port Harcourt not about Amaechi, 2015 — Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan

First Lady Patience Jonathan has dismissed suggestions that her recent visit to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was to plan the impeachment of embattled Governor Rotimi Amaechi and campaign for her husband in the run up to the 2015 presidential election.

Some opposition  leaders have criticised the president’s wife for allegedly engaging in premature political campaign for her husband in breach of  the Electoral Act and a recent guideline by the Independent National Electoral Commission. They also called on INEC to sanction her for the act.

But in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday night by one of her aides, Isiaka Aliagan, Mrs. Jonathan said her visit to Port Harcourt was to attend private events and wondered why the trip was being subjected to varied interpretations.

“It is important, therefore, to, for the records, state here that her Excellency’s visit was not in connection to 2015 nor was it to unseat the embattled governor of her state as speculated in some quarters,” the statement said. “Her Excellency was in her home state to attend some private events whose dates were closely fixed. The right thing to do therefore, as she has done, was to stay for the  programmes.”

Read full statement below.

The recent visit of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to her home state, Port Harcourt, has generated much speculation in the national dailies with varied interpretations from different quarters as to the reason for her Excellency’s visit.

It is important, therefore, to, for the records, state here that her Excellency’s visit was not in connection to 2015 nor was it to unseat the embattled governor of her state as speculated in some quarters. Her Excellence was in her home state to attend some private events whose dates were closely fixed. The right thing to do therefore, as she has done, was to stay for the programmes.

It should be noted that the very people who are giving interpretations to suit their own political inclinations on Her Excellency’s supposedly ‘long stay’ in her own home state would be the very people that would want to crucify her for ‘wasting’ state resources if she decides to attend each event separately.

For the records, her Excellence was the Special Guest of Honour at the official commissioning of the Yitzhak Rabin International School, Port Harcourt on Friday, June 15, 2013, 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.

The following day, Saturday 16, the First Lady was Mother of the Day at the wedding reception of her brother, a member of the Rivers State Legislature, Hon. Evans Bipi, which held at the Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.

Also on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the First Lady formally opened the South-South Zonal Office of one of her NGOs, the Women for Change and Development Initiative, in Port Harcourt. An event which dovetailed into the distribution of socio-economic empowerment items to less privileged persons.

Lastly before returning to Abuja today, Sunday, June 23, 2013, the First Lady received well wishers at the burial of her grandfather.


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  • KJB

    Very Lame excuses. What is her Grandfathers name? You guys take Nigerians for granted. Soon Nigerians will react and it will be too late in the day to convince us how Govt funds we’re wastefully Expended by this Lady who cannot comprehend the meaning of ones husband been in power and not she. Her excellency my foot.

    • emeka

      Only the wicked gets afraid. Nigerians and rumour…..

      • wax

        Kjb grow up and reason likewise. Dnt let hatred cloud your judgement. the woman has explained to Nigerians and claired the air. The people who started this rumour only wanted to feed the hatred of ppl like you and obviously they succeeded. She is the first lady and a daughter of Rivers state who has the right to visit her hometown anytym she desires. If you or any other person is threatened by that, then its a pity so stop d malicious statements as your mother may not be different.

        • KJB

          Ur a fool. People of ur age read btween the lines. I asked a simple question. What is the name of her Grandfather? And ur here defending nonesence. This woman is busy building hatred for her husbands ambition and ur here talking tru ur anus. Mtscheeeew.

        • Afam

          Thanks for this response bro..Thump up…

  • TOG123

    Her excellency??

  • sunday Dankwai

    Mama Jona,why now,always on the news for the very wrong reason. Try to be on the news for very good reason ma.

  • emmanuel

    Madam you do not owe them (the opposition and their fifth columnist – the press under Tinubu’s control) explanation. Your husband for being president can for any campaign before 2015. Nigerians know you did npt go for any of the lies.

    Nigeria populace already know that the press now churns out half truths and unsubstanted news for financial gains

    If you come Lagos na problem, if na your state na problem.

    It is be oming clear that the so-called opppsition has nothing to offer. The US press does not ridicule the Obama family.

    Imagine the crooked leader of ACN trying impose his daughter as market leadsr in Lagos. Ole!

    Why must everything in the South west now be to his family? Lai Mohammed how far?

    Infact we nor get pplitical party for Nigeria, we only have band of robbers in differenf camps

  • Otolo martins

    Her grandfather’s burial?
    Her brother’s wedding name mr. Bipi?!,
    Her dead “mother”mrs. Oba? real Auntie.
    All she did was use that dead woman to hide millions of Nira she is busying stealing from Nigeria Govt.
    This woman has abused her position like no other First Lady.
    God will punish her to taking food away from our table

    Please Nigeria! what is wrong with this shameless woman she doesn’t get it.
    God forbid they serve for another four years.