Amaechi Shuns Patience Jonathan’s event In Port-Harcourt
The cold relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State played out again yesterday, as the governor, his wife Judith and other top state government officials shunned an event organized by the first lady in Port-Harcourt.
The event inaugurating the South-South Zonal Secretariat of the Women for Change and Development Initiative by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan was to have at least the wife of the governor in attendance being a women project, but she stayed.
According to a source close to the First Lady, the governor and his wife were invited to the opening of the zonal secretariat of the W4CDI and the empowerment of over 1,000 women in the state.
The source said a letter of invitation for the occasion was specifically sent to the governor’s wife about seven days to the event, regretting that the state government deliberately shunned the event.
“We sent a letter of invitation for the governor and his wife across to the Government House in Port Harcourt one week to the event, but as you can see, no single government official was present at the occasion.
“The truth is that (the state) government deliberately refused to attend the event. Enough publicity was done for the occasion and besides, invitation was extended to the state government,” the source said.
However, Mrs Amaechi, who spoke through her press secretary, Dike Bekwele, said she was never invited to the event.
She also argued that the governor would have sent a representative if he was not in the state during the occasion, recalling that she attended the launching of the scheme in Rivers.
“It is not correct for anybody to say that the governor’s wife was invited. The truth is that the organisers of the event did not invite the state government.
“In the past, the governor’s wife used to attend the occasion in Abuja or any part of the country. I think there is more to why they refused to invite the state government to the occasion,” she said.
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