20th June, 2013
Patience Jonathan has kicked off political campaign for her husband and Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 Presidential elections despite the warning by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against such campaigns ahead of 2015.
Patience’s presence in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, southsouth Nigeria, has become a liability to residents and those doing business in the state since Saturday, 15 June because of the security presence in the state capital.
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, 18 June. While there, she called on the people of Obio Akpor to give her husband massive support anytime he declares his interest to re-contest for the presidency in 2015.
“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 also advised the people to be law abiding because no meaningful development can take place in a crisis ridden area.
In his remarks, the Paramount ruler of the Rumueme kingdom, Nsirim, advised those who want to go to the North to do so but added that they should allow those who wish to remain in Rivers State enjoy peace in 2015.
“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,” he said.
The paramount ruler is the father of Prince Timothy Nsirim, the suspended Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government. He was suspended by the Rivers State House of Assembly for alleged financial misappropriation.
P.M.NEWS can report that since Mrs Jonathan arrived the state capital, a part of Government Reserved Area, GRA, which is a few minutes’ walk from Government House, Port Harcourt has been cordoned off by soldiers and with Police Trooper Vehicles manned by officers and men from anti-riot and anti-terrorist squads of the police.
Several roads within the area that links Mrs Jonathan’s mansion with the Forces Avenue, Isaac Boro road and Amassoma road have also been blocked.
Similarly, the road just after the office of the Department Of State Security Service, DSS, that also links to her new mansion where the First Lady is putting up close to a Port Harcourt school newly built by Governor Amaechi, has been blocked at both ends by anti-riot policemen.
The Commissioner for Education, Ms Alice Lawrence Nimi, was on Wednesday, 19 June, disallowed by armed soldiers from driving into the newly built Port Harcourt Secondary School, the venue of one-day advocacy and orientation workshop for teachers on the structure and effective implementation of the new Senior Secondary School education curriculum.
All attempts to drive her official car bearing Rivers Government plate number into the venue were scuttled. She was ordered to park near Orosi House that was gutted by fire a few years ago, far away from the venue and trekked to the school to declare open the one day workshop.
Professor Godswill Obioma, Executive Secretary, the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, (NERDC)who was represented by Mr. Omitade Salami, South-South Coordinator NERDC delivered the welcome address.
Meanwhile, the mansion of President Jonathan’s wife has become a rallying point for the anti-Amaechi opposition politicians.