2015: “I Am Solidly Behind Nyesom Wike” – First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Declares
Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan, on Monday responded to reports that she was planning to impose three her candidates as governors in Rivers, Bayelsa and Bauchi states in 2015.
In Rivers state, the reports claimed that she has withdrawn her support for the supervising minister of education, Nyesom Wike, and now wanted someone from the riverine area of the state. The first lady said this was false and emphasised that she was solidly behind Wike ahead of the 2015 general elections.
In a statement signed by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, the first lady said: “While we consider this a figment of the imagination of the writers of the spurious story, it is also expedient to state clearly that the First Lady does not meddle in the affairs and selection process of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party. Consequently, there is no way she can dictate or install anybody into political offices.
“In the case of Rivers State, the First Lady wishes to state categorically that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike is the leader of PDP in Rivers State and he enjoys the followership of the people of the State. The First Lady is solidly behind Chief Wike.
“The people of Rivers State are also solidly behind Chief Wike and are prepared to follow him.
“It is therefore mischievous to insinuate that Mrs. Jonathan is working to ensure that the governorship candidate comes from one of the riverine areas of Rivers State which may not be where the people are going.
“It is also imperative to state that that First Lady is always with the people and will continue to go with the wish and expectations of the people.
“Mrs. Jonathan has not withdrawn her support for Chief Wike at any time and will always work for the interest and the good of Rivers people. As far as the First Lady is concerned, there is no shaking in Rivers State.”
She addressed the controversy over Bayelsa and Bauchi states where she is allegedly angling to impose Dr. Waripomowei Dudafa and Bala Mohammed, the FCT minister, as governors respectively.
“Dr. Waripomowei Dudafa is not only a son to the President but his staff and very close to the family. Dr. Dudafa is not ready to quit his job to contest governorship election. Similarly, the FCT Minister has been a competent and loyal appointee of Mr. President.
“Both of them are loyal to Mr. President and their governors. They are sons of the First Lady as the mother of the nation, who also has very cordial relationships with the governors in question and will never interfere in any process that will lead to the emergence of governorship candidates in the states.
“Mrs. Jonathan appeals to the governors of Bayelsa and Bauchi States to ignore the mischief makers who are bent on disrupting the peace prevailing in those states.
“The First Lady is a mother of peace who believes in the supremacy of the party and democratic principles at all levels and does not dump her friends because of politics, whether they are contesting or not.
“She therefore, urges all Nigerians to uphold the truth at all times, and not be swayed by actions of mischief makers,” the statement added.
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