Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria’s first lady has debunked allegations made by Amaechi that she collects 199 Million Naira monthly as bribery to support PDP Governorship aspirant for Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. Mrs Jonathan said the allegation was baseless and ridiculous. On behalf of the first lady, Mr Ayo Adewuyi, her media aide stated;
The allegation that the First Lady is collecting money from Chief Wike monthly is laughable and ridiculous. You cannot but hear things like this from someone who is home alone.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi made this allegation on Saturday, 21st March at a praise session he attended at Ikwerre Women Forum in Isiokpo area of Rivers State. He said;
Do you know that the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, has been giving one million dollars monthly to the wife of the President, Mrs Patience Jonathan? He has been doing this to gain political favour in the Presidency and to retain the favour.
Nyesom Wike however denied the allegation and criticized Amaechi for using Rivers State monetary funds to sponsor APC presidential candidate campaigns.
Our attention has been drawn to another desperate press statement issued by outgoing Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, where he falsely accused the Rivers PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, of paying the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, one million US Dollars monthly. This allegation is completely false and simply aimed at diverting the attention of the public from the monumental corruption under Amaechi’s leadership. Wike has always been an upright administrator and politician, who is committed to the development of Rivers State and Nigeria. Wike has published documents of mass corruption in Government House, Port House, and the entire Rivers State Government under the guidance of Amaechi. The outgoing governor should respond to these documentary proofs of corruption, rather than cooking up false allegations to distract attention. Amaechi has wasted over N3tn that have accrued to Rivers State, a large percentage of the funds being expended on the sponsorship of APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and the APC.
If all goes as planned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s presidential elections would hold next Saturday, 28th March. In what is regarded as the most closely contested presidential elections in the history of Nigeria’s democracy, General Muhammadu Buhari is challenging the incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.