Nigeria?s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Sunday, dismissed the
recent statement of Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, in which he
said that his refusal to share the funds meant for the people of Rivers
state with her was the genesis of the problems between the both of them.

Governor Amaechi was on Saturday quoted as saying that his problem with
Mrs. Jonathan started after he rejected her demand.

 ?I refused to give them money in Abuja because if I do that, I won?t be
able to carry out any development project or finish the road from
Rumuolumeni to Rumuepirikom.
?The quarrel between me and the wife of the President is because she said I
should bring your money, Rivers people?s money and share with her,? the
governor reportedly said while speaking in Port Harcourt at the joint
graduation of the students of University of Ibadan and pioneer graduates of
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.

But the first lady, Dame Jonathan, in a statement by her media assistant,
Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, said Amaechi?s statement was a deliberate attempt to
denigrate her person, rubbish the Presidency and score a cheap political
point.

She said she could not have made such a request from the governor either
directly or indirectly.

The statement read, ?Having waited patiently for Governor Amaechi to refute
the statement credited to him about the First Lady, (with the assumption
that he was misquoted), it has become clear that it was a deliberate
attempt to malign Dame Patience Jonathan and score cheap political point.

?The Governor may have been beclouded by the political uncertainty
surrounding him to make such a jaundiced and unsubstantiated allegation
that the First Lady asked him to bring Rivers State money to share.

?This is a blatant lie designed to denigrate the person of Dame Patience
Jonathan and rubbish the Presidency. This is to say the least most
unfortunate.

?It is crystal clear that Governor Amaechi is looking for cheap excuse for
his failure in the governance of the state. We say without any iota of
equivocation that the First Lady never made such request and could not have
done so in any way either directly and indirectly

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