Gov Amaechi shuns Patience Jonathan’s Port Harcourt event

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and his wife, Judith, on Wednesday shunned the inauguration of the South-South Zonal Secretariat of the Women for Change and Development Initiative by the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.

Apart from the governor and his wife, other top officials of the Rivers State government also boycotted the occasion which was held in Port Harcourt, the capital city.

A source close to the President’s wife, who spoke with newsmen at the event, said that the governor and his wife were invited for the opening  of the zonal secretariat of the W4CDI and the empowerment of over 1,000 women in the state.

The source said a letter of invitation for the occasion was specifically sent to the governor’s wife about seven days to the event, regretting that the state government deliberately shunned the event.

“We sent a letter of invitation for the governor and his wife across to the Government House in Port Harcourt one week to the event, but as you can see, no single government official was present at the occasion.

“The truth is that (the state) government deliberately refused to attend the event. Enough publicity was done for the occasion and besides, invitation was extended to the state government,” the source said.

But Amaechi’s wife said she was never invited.

The governor’s wife, who spoke through her Press Secretary, Dike Bekwele, denied knowledge of the event.

She argued that the governor would have sent a representative if  he was not in the state during the occasion, recalling that she attended the launching of the scheme in Rivers.

Bekwele said, “It is not correct for anybody to say that the governor’s wife was invited. The truth is that the organisers of the event did not invite the state government.

“In the past, the governor’s wife used to attend the occasion in Abuja or any part of the country. I think there is more to why they refused to invite the state government to the occasion.”

The scenario playing out in Port Harcourt, analysts would argue, was a mere extension to the well-known cold relationship between the President and the governor.

The Presidency was believed to be angry with Amaechi for his handling of the affairs of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum which both the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party considered inimical to the 2015 ambition of Jonathan.
Presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, had sometime ago accused the Rivers State governor of running the NGF as a “trade union.”

Also, the PDP had reportedly barred Amaechi from contesting  second term as the chair of the NGF but the governor apparently ignored the directive and contested against Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang, seen as the Presidency’s candidate.

The NGF has since been factionalised with both Amaechi and Jang heading different camps.

But while the Presidency has recognised the Jang faction of the NGF, the PDP has since slammed a suspension on Amaechi for alleged anti-party activities.
 Meanwhile, Mrs. Jonathan, at the WCDI programme, charged Nigerian women to train their children and make them useful to the society.

Mrs Jonathan explained that it would be difficult for any society to enjoy any form of development without well-trained children, stressing that no nation could achieve its potential without peace.

The WCDI is one of the pet projects of Mrs Jonathan targeted at empowering women, widows and the less-privileged in the society.

She said the scheme was aimed at teaching women on how to be productive in order to assist their families and urged the women to make good use of the equipment given to them.

“I thank the women of Rivers State because since my stay here in the state, I have noticed that there is peace. It shows that Rivers women are doing a lot to train their children well.

“We need to train our children so that they will be useful to our communities, our local government areas, our states and Nigeria in general,” she said.

She said the administration of her husband had surpassed its predecessors in appointment of women, citing the headship of sectors like aviation, education and water resources by women as a testimony to her submission.

 “This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that a President is carrying the women along. In appointments, 13 women have so far been appointed in the Federal Executive Council,” she said.

The President’s wife, however, enjoined Nigerian women to be united so that they could bring the 35 per cent affirmative action into reality.

She distributed sewing machines; cassava, pepper and tomato grinding machines to women across the 23 local government areas of the state.

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  1. What are you looking 4 in Amechi's pocket?
    Abi u no see Jang wife invite?
    Power drunk people.

  2. what does GEJ want again from a governor that has been suspended from the party?

  3. politics is just a game of interest n no one is specifically d owner of any post. th4 i suggest dat GEJ n co shud stop making jest of demselves by making Amaechi n family appear daily on papers or are d looking 4 resolution? pls d shud find a good name dia party (PDP)PEOPLE DECIEVING PEOPLE. Leave Amaechi alone.

  4. Amaechi is just a pawn in the hands of the opposition and supporting northern interest just for personal ambition at the detriment of his people. Rivers people wake up and call him to order. No new deveopment in the state since this clash began, all attention is devoted to survival of one person while the state suffers. Who will bell the cat?

  5. Amaechi remain the man to beat, GEJ and his family should leave alone and allow him drive the state to dream land, who is the first Lady in the constitution ?

    1. Amaechi, man to beat? In what capacity?. Have you visited PH recently? . You will sorry for yourself, no road, all are in a very sorry state and attention is given to it. there is gridlock sll over the place especially when it rains! . Amaechi is living in past glory. The people are suffering amd there is no functional government in place anymore in River State.

  6. Power drunkard , Ameachi should stop betraying his people to gain political position from the Northerners, He should respect the constituted authority and submit himself to the power that be GEJ and the wife.Rivers state politician should see beyond Ameachi's dreams accepting a second position instead of No. one position is selfishness. I beleive PDP he has been enjoying for who he is, you now refer to as "People Decieving People" will soon throw him out, if he continue this way.

  7. Na wa o! see Patience qua, common dry fish seller for creek road market Port Harcourt and akamu seller. If this woman go school, wahala for dey. Has she done up to Late Mrs Marian Babagidah. What a shame, a whole daughter of the soil fighting her own son. It's a big shame. Pls the peace you are enjoying is from the state government and not from the mothers. When men are talking, you should close your mouth because you know nothing about politics. It's not all about fellow widows.


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