President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience on Sunday rebutted the allegation by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi that they fell out because he refused to share state funds with her. Amaechi made the statement in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, during the graduation of students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education last week.
“The quarrel between me and the wife of the President is because she said I should bring your money, Rivers people, money and share with her,” the governor said.
Patience Jonathan, through her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, said Amaechi’s statement was a lie aimed at maligning her.
“…it was a deliberate attempt to malign Dame Patience Jonathan and score cheap political point,” she said. Patience said her response became necessary since the governor has not refuted the statement, since newspaper reports quoted him as having said so.
Patience said: “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’s 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 a 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 a request and could not have done so in any way either directly and indirectly.
“The First Lady as an indigene of Rivers State is more concerned with the socio-economic development of the state and in a peaceful atmosphere. This guerrilla political warfare must stop.”