Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan denies asking Governor Amaechi for money

Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan denies asking Governor Amaechi for money

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Wife
of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Sunday denied a statement
credited to
Wife
of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Sunday denied a statement
credited to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State that she asked him
to share the state funds with her.

Amaechi had while speaking in Port Harcourt at the joint graduation of
the students of University of Ibadan and pioneer graduates of Ignatius
Ajuru University of Education, on Saturday quoted as saying that his
problem with Mrs. Jonathan started after he rejected her demand.

“I refused to give them money in Abuja because if I do that, I won’t be
able to carry out any development project or finish the road from
Rumuolumeni to Rumuepirikom.

“The quarrel between me and the wife of the President is because she
said I should bring your money, Rivers people’s money and share with
her,” the governor reportedly said.

But Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement by her media assistant, Mr. Ayo
Adewuyi, said Amaechi’s statement was a deliberate attempt to malign her
and score cheap political point.

She further described the governor’s statement as a lie designed to denigrate her person and rubbish the Presidency.

She said she could not have made such a request from the governor either directly or indirectly.

The statement read, “Having waited patiently for Governor Amaechi to
refute the statement credited to him about the First Lady, (with the
assumption that he was misquoted), it has become clear that it was a
deliberate attempt to malign Dame Patience Jonathan and score cheap
political point.

“The Governor may have been beclouded by the political uncertainty
surrounding him to make such a jaundiced and unsubstantiated allegation
that the First Lady asked him to bring Rivers State money to share.

“This is a blatant lie designed to denigrate the person of Dame Patience
Jonathan and rubbish the Presidency. This is to say the least most
unfortunate.

“It is crystal clear that Governor Amaechi is looking for cheap excuse
for his failure in the governance of the state. We say without any iota
of equivocation that the First Lady never made such request and could
not have done so in any way either directly and indirectly.

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