First Lady Not Involved In APGA Crisis – Presidency

First LadyThe First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has distanced herself from the crisis rocking the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

The First Lady who was reacting to an online report suggesting that she was a pillar of support to factional chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, said she is not interested in APGA or have any business with any of the stakeholders in the APGA crisis.

In a press statement signed by her Special Assistant (Media), Ayo Osinlu, the First Lady said she did not at any time, meet with Chief Umeh on any account, least of all the crisis in APGA.

The statement reads, ‘‘It has come to our notice that an online medium, published a story insinuating that Her Excellency, the First Lady, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan is “the unseen force” behind a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), in the protracted crisis rocking the party.

The report quoted Chief Victor Umeh saying that he received assurances of support from the First Lady in Abuja regarding a matter before the Court of Appeal, Awka, over the disputed leadership of the party.

But in reaction to the online report’s claim, the statement said, “We wish to state categorically that nothing is farther from the truth, as indeed, the First Lady is not in any way interested in APGA or its internal crisis, neither is she associated with any of the stakeholders in the crisis rocking the party.  She, therefore, takes strong exception to her being dragged into the mud-slinging between the war-lords of APGA.

‘‘The First Lady remains a strong advocate of the rule of law, as that is the only guarantee that everyone, whether weak or strong, can legitimately expect to benefit from justice and equity. She will therefore not be found in any activity or in the company of anyone seeking to pervert the course of justice”.