Count Me Out of Amaechi’s Travails-Dame Jonathan
…May Drag Media Houses To Court Against False Publications
First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has denied for the umpteenth time any involvement in the suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The first lady in a statement signed my her Media Assistant, Ayo Oshinlu warned that in future legal actions will be considered against media houses publishing unsubstantiated report against the office and person of the first lady.
PDP through its National Working Committee, NWC had recently suspended Governor Amaechi for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Leadership Newspapers in a recent publication published an “investigative report” where it alleged that the suspension of Governor Amaechi was “influenced” by Dame Jonathan.
But Oshinlu in his statement described the report as “a most unintelligent, shameless lie.”
The Statement reads:
Re: How Dame Jonathan Influenced Amaechi's Suspension
-A most unintelligent, shameless lie!
It has again come to our notice that a new twist has been introduced to the carefully orchestrated scheme to anchor the political fortunes or survival of certain embattled politicians on a deliberate demonization of the First Lady, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan.
This new twist came by way of a so-called 'investigation' reported on the front page of today's, 30/05/2013, Leadership newspaper.
According to the report, the First Lady, as characteristic these days, is being alleged to have influenced the suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the National Working Committee
(NWC) of the party.
We consider it laughable that it can be assumed by any sane person that the First Lady could possibly 'summon' the members of the NWC of the party for the purported purpose of handing down 'stern directives' on crucial party decisions.
We ask, on what platform? Within what contexts? In what capacity? Is it not an unfortunate insult on all the elders that constitute the NWC to insinuate that they were assembled by the First Lady, or anyone else for that matter, and instructed on positions of the party? And why couldn't Leadership's 'investigators' name at least a few of those in attendance of this famous meeting?
We consider it a most unbecoming insolence, to say the least DISRESPECTFUL, of any one to suggest that the whole of the Peoples Democratic Party was led by the nose and influenced by a private interest, in a matter that so evidently borders on party discipline and administration.
Only recently, we were compelled to make a statement, warning those who have become specialists in looping their self-induced political travails around the First Lady, to develop another strategy for their survival.
This was when another vicious lie was circulated that Her Excellency had, again, 'summoned' service chiefs in Rivers State, and instructed them to be firmer in handling the Rivers matter.
Let us state once again, that the First Lady is not an elected official of state, neither is she a party functionary. She therefore recognizes very clearly her place in the scheme of things and acts always accordingly within context.
In our safe estimation, the whole of this is a conscious calculation to sustain the issue of Governor Amaechi in full public view, as well as to explore the possibility of keeping public sympathy in his favour.
While we have no challenges with the Amaechi camp struggling for political survival and relevance, we wish to state categorically our strong objection to the wicked use of the name and profile of the First Lady in the process.
For us this is not only dubious, but also diversionary, unfair, unkind, and therefore totally unacceptable.
We wish to warn that if this trend continues in the near and distant future, we may be constrained to take action within legally permissible limits to protect the integrity of the office and person of the First Lady.