The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has rattled keen watchers of political developments in the country with her open campaign for the re-election of her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 Presidential elections despite a warning by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against such campaigns.
Patience, who spoke when she paid a courtesy visit to the Apiti of Rumueme and President-in-council Rumueme Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nyenwe-Eli Omunnakwe Nyeche Nsirim, on Tuesday, called on the people of the area to rally behind the President anytime he declares his interest in the 2015 Presidential race.
She was quoted as saying: “My husband is also your son and by the grace of God, we’ll not disappoint you and will never forget you. I thank you people so much for supporting my husband. I thank you people for promising that if he comes out by 2015 that you will stand by him. I am happy to thank you people for that. I always know my people will always stand by me, your daughter, and my husband is equally your son.”
The President’s wife, who has been in Rivers since last weekend during which period she comissioned the South-South Zonal secretariat of her pet project, the Women for Change and Development Initiative and is expected to receive well wishers at the burial of her grandfather on Sunday, the 23rd, advised residents of the garden city to be law abiding because no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of chaos.
Earlier in his remarks, the Paramount ruler of the Rumueme kingdom, Nsirim, who is also the father of the suspended Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government, Prince Timothy Nsirim, in a veiled reference to Governor Rotimi Amaechi, said those who want to go to the North should do so but not at the detriment of people of the state.
According to him, “Those who want to drag us to the North because the position and money they are collecting should know that Rivers State people are not fish and nobody can sell us.”