Jonathan’s wife de­nies plans to in­stall govs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

First Lady Dame Pa­tience Jonathan has de­nied that she has plans to in­stall any state gov­er­nors in the next gen­eral elec­tions.

Mrs. Jonathan in a state­ment yes­ter­day by her spokesper­son, Ayo Adewuyi, was re­act­ing to a me­dia re­port that sug­gested that she was po­si­tion­ing some can­di­dates to take over from the in­cum­bent gov­er­nors of Rivers, Bauchi and Bayelsa States.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the re­port is an at­tempt to pitch those can­di­dates against the gov­er­nors.

The first lady also de­nied med­dling in the af­fairs and se­lec­tion process of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

She, how­ever, noted that she had not with­drawn her sup­port for the Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Nye­som Wike, who was as­pir­ing to be­come Rivers State gover­nor in 2015.

The state­ment said: “In the case of Rivers State, the first lady wishes to state cat­e­gor­i­cally that the Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Chief Nye­som Wike is the leader of PDP in Rivers State and he en­joys the fol­low­er­ship of the people of the State. The first lady is solidly be­hind Chief Wike.”

“Mrs. Jonathan has not with­drawn her sup­port for Chief Wike at any time and will al­ways work for the in­ter­est and the good of Rivers people. As far as the First Lady is con­cerned, there is no shak­ing in Rivers State,” it said.

She said Dr. Waripo­mowei Dudafa is not only a son to the Pres­i­dent but his staff and very close to the fam­ily. “Dr. Dudafa is not ready to quit his job to con­test gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion,” she claimed.

Sim­i­larly, she said the FCT Min­is­ter has been a com­pe­tent and loyal ap­pointee of Mr. Pres­i­dent. “Both of them are loyal to Mr. Pres­i­dent and their gov­er­nors. They are sons of the first lady as the mother of the na­tion, who also has very cor­dial re­la­tion­ships with the gov­er­nors in ques­tion and will never in­ter­fere in any process that will lead to the emer­gence of gov­er­nor­ship can­di­dates in the states.”

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