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Sunday, June 23, 2013


The First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, has used her stay in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital to seek the support of traditional rulers for President Goodluck Jonathan in his undeclared bid for re-election in 2015.
Jonathan’s undeclared second term bid has been one of the issues fingered as the source of the friction between the state Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, and the president.
It is also believed that contrary to the statement from the presidency that the first lady’s visit has nothing to do with the frosty relationship between Amaechi and Jonathan, the long visit to her home state was being used to solicit support for her husband, just as she was said to have held some clandestine meetings with some anti-Amaechi groups in the state.
Mrs. Jonathan visited the palace of the
Nye-nwe-eli Rumueme Kingdom, Eze Omunakwe Nsirim on friday , where she solicited the support of the traditional ruler and people of Obio/Akpor for her husband in the 2015 presidential election.

She also inaugurated the South-south zonal secretariat of the Women for Change and Development Initiative, her pet project, and event that was boycotted by the governor, his wife and other top government officials from the state.
Mrs. Jonathan, at the palace, expressed appreciation for the support Jonathan got from the area in the last election and said such support should be repeated in 2015 to ensure his re-election. She also called on the people to maintain peace and harmony and obey the laws of the land in all their endeavours.
However, Amaechi and his wife, Judith, yesterday shunned the inauguration of the South-south zonal secretariat of the Women for Change and Development Initiative.
Also, other top government officials in the state were absent at the event, which took place in Port Harcourt.

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