And Patience Jonathan denies alleged poll rigging plot in Rivers

And Patience Jonathan denies alleged poll rigging plot in Rivers

Friday, April 10, 2015 10:42 pm


Patience Jonathan alias Mama Peace: denies planning mayhem in Rivers

Patience Jonathan alias Mama Peace: denies planning mayhem in Rivers


It appears a day of denials by Nigeria’s first Couple. Just as President Goodluck Jonathan debunked the allegation that he made a trip to Lagos to fix election rigging on Saturday,his wife, Patience also dismissed the allegation that she was mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to rig the governorship election in Rivers State in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi, had alleged Thursday alleged that Mrs. Jonathan was in her hometown, Okrika, to supervise electoral malpractices during the elections.

But the President’s wife, in a statement by the Director of Information in her office, Ihuoma Priscilla, denied the allegation.

“The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has dismissed the allegation that she was pressurising the Independent National Electoral Commission (and the Security Agencies to rig tomorrow’s (April 11, 2015) elections in Rivers State.

“As an apostle of peace and non-violent elections, the First Lady distances herself from any alleged actions that could hinder successful elections in Nigeria, especially in her home state, Rivers State.

“She countered the insinuations that she was in her home town, Okrika for the purpose of the governorship election, pointing out that she registered in her husband, President Jonathan’s village, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

“The First Lady, a highly respected indigene of Okrika in Rivers State visited her home town on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 to a tumultuous welcome by her kinsmen and women who thronged the streets to welcome and appreciate her wonderful support to her husband, the President and for bringing development to Okrikaland.”


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