Court adjourns Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC

A federal court in Lagos has, again, adjourned the suit filed by former first lady, Patience Jonathan, seeking to unfreeze bank accounts she claims belong to her.

The judge adjourned proceedings to April 6 after counsels requested more time to study an affidavit filed by Mike Ozekhome, counsel to the fourth and fifth defendants.

Mrs. Jonathan had sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after the agency froze the bank accounts containing a total of $15 million.

She is demanding $200 million as damages.

Details later.


Source: Premium Times

BREAKING: $15 million: Court adjourns Patience Jonathan’s suit

A federal court in Lagos has adjourned to March 6 the suit filed by former first lady, Patience Jonathan, seeking to un-freeze bank accounts she says belong to her.

The judge adjourned the matter following requests for more time by some of the defence counsel – those representing companies linked to Mrs. Jonathan – to study the case.

Mrs. Jonathan had sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after the agency froze the bank accounts containing a total of $15 million.

She is demanding $200 million as damages.

Details later…

$15 million: Court strikes out Patience Jonathan’s suit against SERAP

The Federal High Court in Lagos has struck out the suit filed by Dame Patience Jonathan and her group Union of Niger Delta Youth Organization for Equity, Justice and Good Governance against a civil society group Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP.

Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers at the hearing of the case on Tuesday informed the court that they were no longer interested in pursuing the matter, and subsequently applied to discontinue/withdraw it.

Timothy Adewale, who represented SERAP in court, said: “This case should never have been brought against SERAP in the first place. The case has been a complete waste of our time. While we do not object to the request by the Plaintiffs’ lawyers for withdrawal of the case, we ask the Honourable Court for N500,000 as cost against Mrs Jonathan and her group.”

The court presided over by Justice C.M.A Olatoregun subsequently struck out the case and awarded N25,000 as cost to SERAP.

It would be recalled that Mrs. Jonathan and her group, Union of Niger Delta Youth Organisation for Equity, Justice and Good Governance, had accused SERAP in suit number FHC/L/CS/1349/2016 dated October 6, 2016 of “using online, print and electronic media to publish to the public unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole $15m (US) and ought to be prosecuted.”

SERAP responded by filing a preliminary objection dated October 27, 2016, asking the Federal High Court to “dismiss her suit with substantial cost.”

When the case first came up for hearing before Justice Olatoregun, Babatunde Ogala, former Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary represented SERAP in court.

Mr. Ogala said: “Patience Jonathan’s claims cannot be maintained because they are brought on her behalf by a group that is unknown to law. Mrs Jonathan’s group is not a registered organisation envisaged by law. This very point calls into question the legal capacity to file this suit against SERAP, and the jurisdiction of the court to entertain her suit.”

One Union of Niger Delta Youth Organisation for Equity, Justice and Good Governance suing for themselves and on behalf of Mrs. Jonathan had sued SERAP on 6th October 2016 before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mrs. Jonathan and her group had asked the court for “an order of interim injunction restraining SERAP from taking any further steps in further vilification, condemnation and conviction of the Former First Lady Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, in all public media and in the use of the judicial process for that purpose by the extremely publicized pursuit of any application for the coercion of the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute the Plaintiff/Applicant for owning legitimate private property, pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons.”

The suit by Mrs. Jonathan and her group also claimed that, “The campaign by SERAP is in breach of Mrs Jonathan’s right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty under Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended). The action by SERAP seeks to coerce the Attorney General of the Federation to embark on a breach of the same right when the Attorney General is in a better position than SERAP and the Court to know whether or not there is any evidence of wrongdoing by Mrs Jonathan.”

“SERAP’s action is blatant misuse of the processes of this Court. SERAP therefore no longer deserves to continue as an incorporated entity and ought to be dissolved. It is just and equitable to dissolve SERAP in the circumstances of this case. Damages will not be adequate compensation for the irreparable damage Mrs Jonathan will suffer if the application is not granted. The Plaintiff undertakes as to damages in favour of SERAP in the event the instant application ought not to have been granted.”

“There has been a running battle between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Mrs Jonathan with respect to the release of her legitimately earned funds which were deposited in accounts opened in the names of certain companies by one of her husband’s aides without her authorization.”

“The funds in question were legitimate gifts from her friends and well-wishers over the last 15 years which she had been saving in order to utilize to upgrade family businesses and concerns which had been somewhat dormant by reason of the long period of her husband service as a public officer in Nigeria.”

“The gifts were given in small contributions by several persons some of whom she cannot even now recall over this period of 15 years sometimes in as small a gift as N250,000 Naira. In order to preserve the value of these funds which she did not require for any purpose at the time she changed them into foreign exchange and kept them as cash for a long period in her home safe in Port Harcourt and Abuja.”

“It was when the family home in Otuoke was burnt down by hoodlums under the instigation of political adversaries in 2010 that she began to think about banking these gifts which had now grown to large sums in United States Dollars. In 2010 she therefore summoned one of her husband’s domestic aids, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa to assist her in opening bank accounts into which the funds could be deposited.”

“Unknown to her the said Dudafa in a bid to be discreet about the owner of the funds decided to bank the funds in the names of companies owned by him. When she discovered this she was constrained to continue with the names of the companies when she was advised that it did not make any difference as to the ownership of the funds since the director of the company would appoint her as sole signatory to the accounts in question.”

“When in 2016 Dudafa was arrested and detained she had no fear for the funds as she realised that the funds could not be attributable to him once it was discovered that she was the sole signatory to the said accounts. It was therefore a rude shock to her when she discovered that a no transaction order had been placed on the accounts by the EFCC in the belief that the funds belonged to Dudafa.”

“She instructed her solicitors to further write to the EFCC to inform them that the funds belong to her and that they formed a part of her legitimate earnings over the last 15 years. It was this letter that was leaked by the EFCC to the media that became sensationalized and led to the plaintiff’s vilification and attack by ignorant persons who had no information about the matter.”

“SERAP is playing to the public gallery in order to gain the notoriety it has achieved over the past years. SERAP has done this mostly by intervening in high profile issues without regard to the rights of persons it claims to protect. SERAP jumped into the fray of ignorant accusations being made against Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan in the public media and has begun a campaign of calumny against her using online, print and electronic media to publish to the public unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole the funds in question and ought to be prosecuted.”

“SERAP has maintained this position, notwithstanding the fact that there is no evidence whatsoever by which Mrs Jonathan could be prosecuted for obtaining the funds through unlawful means. In furtherance of this campaign, SERAP, being in breach of its own objects for which it was incorporated, has continued to proclaim the guilt of Mrs Jonathan in the media and recently was widely reported in the news media to have commenced a self-serving action to attempt to coerce the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute her.”


Source: Premium Times

Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC slated for February 13

A Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday fixed February 13 to hear a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account.

Also joined in the suit are Skye Bank Plc, and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa.

Others include Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

Mrs. Jonathan is demanding $200 million from the commission as damages for infringing on her rights.

She also prayed the court to issue an order discharging the freezing order, as well as restrain the EFCC and its agents from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers, Ifedayo Adedipe, sought an adjournment to enable him serve his client’s amended claims on the companies.

He added that other defendants had been served with copies of the processes, while they have also served their counter-affidavits on the plaintiff.

In the absence of any objection from the EFCC counsel, the matter was eventually adjourned to February13 for further hearing.

In an affidavit in support of Mrs. Jonathan’s suit and deposed to by one Sammie Somiari, he said that on March 22, 2010, Mrs. Jonathan had opened five different accounts with Skye Bank, with the aid of one Damola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi.

He averred that the account mandate forms were duly completed and signed by her.

Mr. Somiari stated that Mrs. Jonathan subsequently discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies which belonged to Mr. Dudafa.

He also averred that she observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Mr. Dudafa, who promised to effect the necessary changes.

He said Dipo Oshodi (a Skye Bank official) also promised to effect the necessary changes.

According to Mr. Somiari, Mrs. Jonathan is not a director, shareholder or participant in these companies and the funds in the said accounts are solely owned and operated by her.

“Dudafa does not own any part of the funds in the said accounts.”

According to the deponent, the Skye Bank official (Oshodi) did not affect the instructions of the plaintiff to change the name of the said accounts to her name, in spite of repeated request.

He averred that notwithstanding the refusal of the bank to effect the necessary changes, she had been using the said ATM cards without any interference.

The deponent averred that sometimes in July, Mrs. Jonathan discovered that the ATM cards were not functioning, and immediately contacted the bank which informed her that a “No debit/freezing order’’ have been placed on the accounts.

He also averred that on further enquiry, the bank informed her that the accounts were frozen on the directive of EFCC as a result of ongoing investigation in relation to Dudafa.

Mrs. Jonathan, therefore, contends that she was never arrested or invited by EFCC prior to the freezing order placed on the accounts, said to contain about $15 million.

She further contends that the freezing order on her funds by the directive of EFCC without an order of the court is unlawful and illegal.

Consequently, Mrs. Jonathan is also seeking an order of court, directing the unfreezing of her account forthwith.

She also wants an order restraining the EFCC from taking further steps in relation to the said accounts pending the determination of the suit.


Source: NAN

BREAKING: Patience Jonathan’s Multiple Bank Accounts Frozen By Federal High Court

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has given an order that an account operated by former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, be frozen on the ground that it contains suspected proceeds of crime. The account, domiciled with Skye Bank plc, has a balance of $5,316.66.

Also affected by the order are five companies and one Esther Oba. The companies collectively have balances totaling N7,418,829,290.94 (seven billion four hundred and eighteen million eight hundred and twenty nine thousand two hundred and ninety naira ninety four kobo) in six commercial banks, while Esther Obafo has a balance of $429,381.87.

The court order was sequel to a further affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating summons sworn to by Mr. Abdulahi Tukur, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.     Mr. Tukur averred that there is an urgent need for the court to direct the managers of the bank accounts contained in the schedule filed with the summons (FHC/L/CS/1343/16) to, in the interim, forfeit the money in the accounts, to prevent further tampering with such.

The five companies affected are Finchley Top Homes Limited, Aribawa Aruera, Magel Resort Limited, AM -PM Global Network Limited Pansy Oil and Gas Limited.

Finchley Top Homes Limited is alleged to have fraudulently open account number 1102001996 domiciled with Ecobank Plc and has a current balance of N226,376,700.23 and a fixed deposit with a balance of N1,099,511,484.88.

The company also fraudulently opened other accounts These are account 1771731336, domiciled with Skye Bank and with a current balance of N14,173,848.85; Fidelity Bank account 4011019539  with a current balance of N1,800,494,000; Stanbic Bank account 0016901361 with a current balance of N40,594,12.88; and Diamond Bank account 0019213687 with a current balance of N39,418,712.12.

Aribawa Aruera Reachout Foundation opened account number 1222014221 with Ecobank and has a closing balance of N479,893,431.01, while Magel Resort Limited accounts (4011019546/5250059782) with Fidelity Bank has a subsisting balance of N1,000,494,000.

The company also operates two other accounts (1011744356) in Zenith Bank, which has a balance of N858,923,982, and 0024351590 with Diamond Bank and has a balance of N174,166,207.00.

AM-PM Global Network Limited opened account number 0026718889 at Diamond Bank and has a balance of N7,213,303.50.

The account opened by Pansy Oil and Gas Limited at Fidelity Bank (4011019577) has a current balance of N1,809,666,494.68, while that at Diamond Bank (0026838491) has a balance of N55,930,024.50.

Esther Oba was found to have opened account number 0019213689 with Diamond Bank and has a current balance of $429,381.87.

All the monies are suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Upon the receipt of an intelligence report, the EFCC said it carried out analyses, which showed that the accounts merited being investigated. As such, Mr.  Tukur averred that it would serve the course of justice to grant the application for such.

The presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, while granting the order freezing the accounts listed, ordered the anti-graft agency to file an undertaking in relation to damages payable by it if it turns out that the order should not have been made.


Source: Sahara Reporters

Patience Jonathan Faces Fresh Hurdles Over $15.5m

Detectives have stepped up the probe of former First Lady Mrs. Patience Jonathan by retrieving her service records from the Government of Bayelsa State.
The retrieval of her records is part of the screening of her salary and emoluments as a retired permanent secretary to determine whether her earnings could match the 13 assets traced to her.
Besides the assets, the former First Lady is laying claim to $15.5m in some domiciliary accounts.
The anti-graft agency has written the Rivers State Ministry of Lands and Survey for details on some assets linked with the former First Lady and a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
But officials have blocked access to the documents.
Some of the officials may be investigated for obstructing justice, a source said last night.
It was unclear yesterday whether or not the said officials were acting on orders.
A source close to the investigation said there was no where in the records where the ex-First Lady earned foreign exchange as emoluments and estacodes amounting to over $15.5million she is claiming to own.
An EFCC source said: “This agency has retrieved the original service records of the ex-First Lady from Bayelsa State. Preliminary analysis of her records revealed a lot of discrepancies including issues regarding special promotions given to her which were faulted even by the Office of the Head of Service.
“More importantly, from her records, especially her pay packet of N700, 000, there is nowhere she earned as much as $1million not to talk of over $15million, which she is claiming ownership of.
“We have to go through her records and pay slips to prove that the $15million in question was undeserved and should be seized by the court. All her official estacodes and emoluments were not up to the amount being claimed.
“As far as we are concerned, she has questions to answer in line with Section 7 of the EFCC Act.”
Section 7 of the EFCC Act says: “The commission has power to (a) cause any investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organisation has committed any offence under this Act or other law relating to economic and financial crimes.
“(b) Cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.”
It was also discovered that although she retired on October 15, 2014, the voluntary retirement was approved on 12th May, 2015.
But detectives are trying to analyse her pay slip to know if she received salaries for eight months after her notice of voluntary retirement.’
“If she did receive salaries within the eight-month period without any refund, she might be liable for another offence. A letter acknowledging her voluntary retirement was specific that any extra salary after notice of retirement ought to be paid,” the source said.
A 12th May, 2015 letter signed by Mrs. Biobelemoye Charles-Onyema, the Permanent Secretary of the Civil Service Commission, confirmed the acceptance of the retirement of the ex-First Lady.
The letter from the Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission to the ex-First Lady said in part: “I am directed to refer to Establishment Circular No. 7/1999 of 5th October, 1999 and to inform you that the Civil Service Commission at a meeting held on 12th May, 2015 approved your voluntary retirement from the Bayelsa State Civil Service as a Permanent Secretary (Consolidated Salary with effect from 15th October 2014.
“I am further directed to inform you to handover all government properties in your possession to the most senior director in your ministry and report to the Permanent Secretary, Establishment, Training and pensions Bureau, Governor’s Office, Yenagoa with your appointment papers and other relevant documents for processing of your retirement benefits.
“Any salary earned after 15th October 2014 will be deducted from your gratuity.”
Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency has written the Rivers State Ministry of Lands and Survey for details on some assets linked with the former First Lady in Port Harcourt.
But the ministry’s officials were said to have blocked access to the relevant documents by the EFCC.
Of 13 properties allegedly linked with the ex-First Lady, eight are said to be in Port Harcourt.
The assets in Port Harcourt  are former Customs Service officers mess; two duplexes on 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; three Luxury apartments of four bedroom each at Ambowei Street;  and Grand View Hotel on Airport Road.
The assets in Yenagoa include two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway;  Glass House on Sani Abacha Expressway, which is housing Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring  Board; Akemfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station, Melford Okilo  Road; and Aridolf  Resort, Wellness and Spa on Sani Abacha Expressway.
Another top EFCC source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have officially written the Ministry of Lands and Survey for details on some of the assets of the ex-First Lady and a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke  in Port Harcourt but they have not been forthcoming.
“Up till now, they have not made relevant documents available to the EFCC. It is a kind of blocking of access to these  land titles which are vital to our investigation. We don’t know whether or not they are acting on orders from above.
“We are hopeful that the officials will cooperate with us. But it is certainly a punishable offence  to obstruct investigation by EFCC and other  anti-crime agencies.”


Patience Jonathan faces fresh hurdles over $15.5m

EFCC: Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m is a proceed of crime

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the federal high court in Lagos to dismiss a suit by Patience Jonathan, wife of the immediate past president.

According to THE NATION, the commission filed a counter-affidavit to Patience’s suit, maintaining that the $15.5 million, which the former first lady claims belongs to her, is actually “a proceed of crime”.

In the civil suit before Mohammed Idris, the former first lady is claiming that EFCC froze four of her accounts with Skye Bank in the name of four companies.

The companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Friday Davis), Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Agbor Baro), Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Dioghowori Frederick) and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd (represented by Taiwo Ebenezer).

The accounts, she said, have a balance of $15,591,700 (about N5 billion) belonging to her. However, on September 15, the companies pleaded guilty and were convicted for laundering the money.

But the judge refused to order the money’s forfeiture to the federal government, until the conclusion of the trial of the others named in the charge.

EFCC arraigned them with Waripamo Dudafa, a former special adviser on domestic affairs to Jonathan; Amajuoyi Briggs, a lawyer; and Adedamola Bolodeoku, a banker.

Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge.

In the suit before Justice Idris, Jonathan is seeking an order to de-freeze the accounts and release her money.

Ifedayo Adedipe, her lawyer, said his client amended her processes. He said he also filed a motion to regularise them, which the court granted.

Oyedepo Rotimi, EFCC’s lawyer, said he would also amend his response to the suit.

“Leave will be granted to the respondent (EFCC) to file any amended process,” the judge held.

Rotimi accused the applicant of changing the companies’ address through which the suit was purportedly served on them.

“We are of the opinion that if you want to change the address of a party, it should not be the adversary who will change the address of another party,” he said.

“What we saw was [that] the applicant was changing the address of the other defendants and I don’t think that is tidy.”

The judge adjourned the case to January 18.

$15.5 million Fraud: Court adjourns Patience Jonathan’s suit to 2017

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday, further adjourned till January 18, 2017, hearing in a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, seeking enforcement of her fundamental rights.

Mrs. Jonathan had instituted the fundamental rights suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claiming the sum of $200 million as damages for inconveniences suffered.

In her suit, she also joined Skye bank Plc, and a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa, as respondents.

Also joined in the suit are four companies namely: Pluto Property Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

When the case was called on Wednesday, counsel to Mrs. Jonathan, Ifedayo Adedipe, informed the court of a motion seeking to regularise his processes before the court.

Justice Idris granted him leave to amend his processes, while the court also granted leave to the EFCC to amend its counter affidavit.

The court consequently fixed January 18, 2017 for continuation of hearing.

Meanwhile, a similar suit before another judge, Babs Kuewumi, has also been fixed for hearing on December 14.

It will be recalled that Mr. Dudafa was charged alongside the four companies before Justice Kuewumi on 15 counts of money laundering.

Representatives of the four companies which the EFCC claimed were used by Mr. Dudafa to launder the said sum of money, had all pleaded guilty to the offences.

The said $15.5 million, is the same sum which the former first lady, claims belongs to her as sole signatory to the accounts of the companies.

In her suit, Jonathan is urging the court to issue an order discharging the freezing order, and restraining the EFCC and its agent from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.

Patience Jonathan Probe: EFCC Freezes Socialite, Bola Shagaya’s N500m Account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account belonging to Mrs. Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman which Forbes Magazine described as one of the wealthiest in Africa.

It was learnt that Shagaya, who is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bolmus Group International – a diversified Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil, real estate, banking, communications and photography – had become a subject of investigation due to her links to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sources within the EFCC told newsmen that Shagaya’s account with Unity Bank with a balance of N500m was frozen.

The business tycoon, who is also the Managing Director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, was said to have made suspicious payments into bank accounts belonging to Patience, who has been under EFCC investigation for about six months.

A source at the EFCC said, “When we were investigating Patience and looking into her accounts, we discovered that Bola Shagaya had been making huge and regular payments into her (Patience’s) bank account.

“We then discovered that the monies were kickbacks. The Ministry of Trade and Investment gave suspicious commission to Shagaya’s company on every crude oil sent abroad. The commission was put in an account for Bola Shagaya. The money will then go to Patience’s account. So we started investigating her.

“We were able to trace the N500m to her account at Unity Bank. So, we placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the account.”

The source said when Shagaya realised that her account had been frozen, she rushed down to the bank and tried to use her position as a board member of the bank to lift the restriction.

The detective added, “When she heard about the restriction, she ran down to the bank to stop the order from being carried out. We then called the bank to let them know that doing such would amount to a criminal conspiracy. At that point, she had no choice.”

When contacted on Saturday night, Shagaya said, “Please, don’t call this number. I am sleeping. Write anything you want to write.”

The Head of Corporate Communications, Unity Bank, Matthew Obiazikwor, could not be reached for comments as his phone line was switched off and a text message sent to him had not been responded to as of the time of filing this report.

Patience attempts to withdraw $5m from frozen account

Sources within the EFCC also told our correspondent that it foiled a fresh attempt by Patience Jonathan to withdraw $5m from her frozen account during the week.

The source said the commission was informed by Skye Bank that Patience had placed a standing order for $5m to be withdrawn from the account but it was stopped.

The detective added, “We received an alert from Skye Bank during the week that Patience attempted to withdraw $5m from her personal account titled Patience Ibifaka Jonathan which is domiciled at the bank.

“We immediately told the bank not to allow any withdrawal because a ‘No Debit Order’ had been placed on the account.”

It will be recalled that the EFCC had frozen four other company accounts with a balance of $15m. The accounts were linked to a former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

However, during the arraignment of Dudafa and the directors of the companies, Patience filed an application claiming ownership of the money.

She subsequently asked the court to lift the restriction on the accounts.

On Wednesday the directors of the companies pleaded guilty to money laundering. The EFCC applied for the money to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government, a request which has been deferred by the Federal High Court.

EFCC To Seize Patience Jonathan’s Property Nationwide.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has begun moves to seize properties belonging to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The commission started the probe in a bid to gather evidence against her, following the freezing of $20m traced to her.

EFCC has also set up a team of detectives saddled with the responsibility of identifying houses and property owned by Patience.

The operatives had been instructed from the office of the commission’s chairman to mark such houses.

The operatives are focusing attention on properties in Lagos, Abuja, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt.

“It would not be correct to conclude that the commission has halted the investigation into the activities of the former First Lady,” a source told Punch.

“The investigation is progressing and it is being handled by the office of the chairman of the commission.

“A team of operatives has been assembled to identify all her properties in the country with a focus on Abuja, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.

“The responsibility of the team is to mark all such properties in preparation for a possible court action.”

Meanwhile Justice Babs Kuewumi of a National Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 7 to hear a suit filed by Mrs. Jonathan seeking to un-freeze her account.

EFCC had traced $5m to the personal account of the former First Lady. It froze the account domiciled in Skye Bank Plc last month.

Mrs. Jonathan’s troubles started when the commission froze the accounts of four companies traced to the Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

The four firms identified as Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company had a total of $15,591,700 in their accounts.

Patience Jonathan Claims $200m From EFCC

Former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has slammed a $200 million suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She is asking the court to mandate the anti-graft agency to pay her the sum as damages for freezing her accounts containing $15,000, an action she claimed infringed on her rights.

She is also seeking an order of court, directing the unfreezing of her account and another order restraining the EFCC from taking further steps in relation to the said account pending the determination of the suit.

Justice Babs Kuewumi fixed December 7 for hearing.

The EFCC had on September 22 ordered the freezing of some bank accounts belonging to her.

The Commission said the action was due to the ongoing investigation into the alleged money laundering charge preferred against her.

When the matter came up for mention, yesterday, women numbering over 100, invaded the premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos, to protest the freezing order placed on the bank accounts of the ex-first lady.

Joined in the suit are  Skye Bank, a former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa, Pluto Property and Investment company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

When the case was called, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, announced appearance for the EFCC, while Mr Granville Abibo appeared for Jonathan.

Oyedepo informed the judge that the case was coming up for the first time, adding that some of the respondents had yet to be served with the court’s processes.

He said the case was not yet “ripe for hearing”, having been served with the processes on October 19. He asked for time to enable him file a response.

His submission was, however, not contested by counsel to the plaintiff.

Immediately, the court rose,  the  women carrying placards swooned toward a vehicle belonging to the EFCC, chanting solidarity songs in Ijaw and English languages.

Some of the inscriptions read: “Ijaw people are in solidarity with Jonathan”, “Unfreeze ex-President Jonathan’s wife’s account”, “We urge EFCC to abide by the rule of law”, “Women must be heard.”

In an affidavit in support deposed to by Mr Sammie Somiari, a lawyer, he averred that on March 22, 2010,  Mr.s Jonathan had opened five different accounts with Skye Bank with the assistance of one Damola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi.

According to him, Jonathan who duly completed and signed the mandate forms later discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies belonging to Dudafa.

He said she also observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Dudafa, who promised to effect the necessary changes.

He said Dipo Oshodi also promised to effect the necessary changes.

Somiari averred that Jonathan was not a director, shareholder or participant in the companies and the funds in the said accounts were solely owned and operated by her.

“Dudafa does not own any part of the funds in the said accounts.”

According to the deponent, the Skye Bank official, (Oshodi), did not effect the instructions of the plaintiff to change the name of the said accounts to her name, despite repeated request.

He stated notwithstanding the refusal of the bank to effect the necessary changes, Jonaathan had been using the said ATM cards without any interference.

The deponent averred that sometime in July, Jonathan discovered that the ATM cards were not functioning, and immediately contacted the bank, who informed her that a “No debit/freezing order” had been placed on the accounts.

“On further enquiry, the bank informed her that the accounts were frozen on the directive of EFCC as a result of ongoing investigation in relation to Dudafa.”

Jonathan, therefore, contended that she was never arrested or invited by the EFCC prior to the freezing order placed on the accounts.

She further contends that the freezing order on her funds on the directive of EFCC without an order of the court is unlawful and illegal.


Court To Hear Patience Jonathan’s Suit Against EFCC In December

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday fixed Dec. 7 to hear a suit by ex-First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, seeking to unfreeze her account.

Other respondents in the suit are Skye Bank and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa.

Also joined in the suit are Pluto Property and Investment company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrarted Service Ltd.

The ex-first lady is demanding the sum of $200 million from the commission as damages for infringing on her rights.

She is also urging the court to issue an order discharging the freezing order and restrain the EFCC and its agent from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.

When the case was called on Wednesday, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, announced appearance for the EFCC, while Mr. Granville Abibo (SAN) appeared for Jonathan.

Addressing the court, Oyedepo informed the judge that the case was coming up for the first time, adding that some of the respondents had yet to be served with the court’s processes.

He said the case was not yet “ripe for hearing”, having been served with the processes on Oct. 19 and is yet to file a response.

His submission was, however, not contested by counsel to the plaintiff.

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Patience Jonathan Sues SERAP, Says $15m Is Gift

 Wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain a human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, from coercing the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute her over “unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole $15m.”

Patience claimed that the $15m over which SERAP allegedly asked the AGF to prosecute her was a gift she received over the last 15 years from friends and well-wishers.

The Executive Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said in a statement on Thursday that the organisation had been served with court papers in Patience’s suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1349/2016.

According to Mumuni, the suit was filed by members of the Union of Niger Delta Youth Organisation for Equity, Justice and Good Governance on behalf of themselves and Patience.

The plaintiffs sought a court order of interim injunction restraining SERAP from using any judicial process to coerce the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to prosecute Patience for “owning legitimate private property.”

The plaintiffs also urged the court to restrain SERAP from “taking any further steps in further vilification, condemnation and conviction of the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in all public media.”

In the affidavit filed in support of the suit, the plaintiffs accused SERAP of engaging in a campaign of calumny against Patience.

The plaintiffs averred, “There has been a running battle between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Mrs. Jonathan with respect to the release of her legitimately earned funds, which were deposited in accounts opened in the names of certain companies by one of her husband’s aides without her authorisation.

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Patience Jonathan won’t go scot-free – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday vowed that the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, would not go scot-free if its investigation uncovers evidence of corruption against her.

The Deputy Director of Operations, EFCC, Mr. Iliyasu Kwarbai, made this vow after receiving a petition against Patience and the ruling All Progressives Congress from a group of protesters, under the aegis of Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre, who marched to the EFCC office in Ikoyi Lagos.

The group submitted a petition entitled, ‘Demand for arrest, prosecution of Patience Jonathan, probe of APC campaign fund and no more sacred cow in the anti-corruption crusade.’

In the said petitioned signed by its President, Queen Ameh, and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Innocent Agbo, HRDAC accused the EFCC of being selective in its anti-graft war, wondering why Patience was still walking freely in spite of the evidence, which they said the EFCC had against her.

The group asked the EFCC to change its slogan from ‘Nobody is above the law’, since it had found it difficult to go after the likes of Patience, and ex-Presidents, including Ibrahim Babangida, Abdusalam Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.

The protesters also challenged the EFCC to probe the source of the election campaign fund of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2015 election, while also demanding a probe the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and ex-Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

Addressing the EFCC, Agbo said, “You have found evidence incriminating Patience Jonathan but we are surprised that Patience Jonathan is still allowed to be walking freely, and even had the audacity to take the EFCC to court to release same money to her.”

EFCC is making life hard for me – Patience Jonathan

Former first lady Patience Jonathan has denied being the owner of additional $25m traced to her accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Vanguard reports that Patience popularly known as ‘Mama Peace’ when her husband Goodluck Jonathan was president issued the denial through a statement from her media aide Chima Osuji at the weekend.

Patience described the fresh allegations by the EFCC as ‘falsehood aimed at hoodwinking the public’ and tainting the ex-first lady’s image, thereby making life tough for her because people talk about her in unfriendly terms everywhere she goes.

The statement read: “The allegation that Mrs Jonathan is laying claim to ownership of the sum of $31.7 million fund recovered by EFCC is a complete fallacy. Mrs. Jonathan does not own and has never owned such amount of money. The reason for this lie is best known to EFCC. “That another sum of $20 million had been traced to Mrs. Jonathan is, again, another falsehood aimed at hoodwinking the public against her person. That a further sum of $5 million has again been traced to another account of hers is also a fallacy. That Mrs. Jonathan opened accounts in the names of cooks, drivers and artisans is perhaps the biggest falsehood to the knowledge of EFCC.”

It continued: “We have a lot of respect for the sanctity and integrity of the judiciary where this matter, particularly the trial, is currently pending but we are surprised to observe that EFCC, the prosecutor of this matter, does not have the same measure of respect for the judiciary, the bastion of hope for every citizen of this country. EFCC boss Magu and Patience Jonathan EFCC boss Magu and Patience Jonathan.

Patience Jonathan scandal EFCC boss Magu “We have been inundated with calls, text messages and news items including radio/TV commentaries against the person of Mrs Jonathan regarding false and malicious statements issued daily by EFCC in the court of public opinion so as to malign the person of Mrs. Jonathan. “We are constrained, to respond to the tissues of lies being churned out by the EFCC in respect of the matter.


The purpose for these tales by moonlight is to malign Mrs. Jonathan in the eyes of the misinformed and unsuspecting members of the Nigerian Public and beyond and give a semblance of a picture of a hardworking agency bent on fighting corruption and indeed winning the war.

“It is unfortunate that the EFCC, which belongs to all Nigerians, will rather than conduct a painstaking and thorough investigation of cases brought to it, resort to a greater disposition and propensity to engage in media trials, built on outright falsehood and give to innocent persons, including Mrs. Jonathan, the toga of a “thief” or “corrupt” person even before any proper trial.

“There is absolute injustice and unfairness in this case relating to Mrs Jonathan and we would like to remind Nigerians that ‘injustice to one, is injustice to all’ for on whom next the bell would toll. It is important to emphasize that EFCC needs to desist from media trials of innocent citizens before trial in a court of law as provided under the Constitution.”

Patience Jonathan To Drag EFCC Before West African Court

Former first lady, Mrs Patience Ibifaka Jonathan has concluded plans to drag the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the African Commission of Human and Peoples Right in Gambia.

Sources close to the legal team said they took the decision to seek legal redress in a court free from manipulation.

Already a new group, The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) has thrown its weight behind the decision to drag the EFCC before the African Commission of Human and Peopless Right over its case Mrs Jonathan.

The group, in statement by its spokesman, Chima “Phillip Effiong” Osuji, condemned what it called the “the undue harassment and campaign of calumny masterminded by the EFCC against Patience Jonathan.”

The group insisted Mrs Jonathan “cannot get fair trial in a Nigerian court commended and Mr Timipa Jenkins Okonipere for his decision to drag the EFCC before the West African Court.

“TRIPOB believes that under the current political dispensation in Nigeria, Mrs. Jonathan cannot obtain fair and impartial judgment. Furthermore, by virtue of the enviable political height which the Goodluck Jonathan family has attained, it would be most advisable if Mrs. Jonathan tgoes outside for relief…”
because, we strongly believe that, there is a premeditated plot to humiliate and disgrace the former First Lady.

We therefore commend international lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Timipa Jenkins Okponipere for the wise decision to drag the EFCC before the African Commission of Human and Peoples Rights based in Banjul, The Gambia, if the EFCC failed to stop the harassment of Mrs. Jonathan within 14 days. It is a welcome decision.

Accordingly, TRIPOB advises the Goodluck Jonathan Family to remain calm and put their trust in God Almighty; as they shall surely be vindicated.”

SERAP Seeks Court’s Permission To Prosecute Patience Jonathan Over $15m

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sought the leave of the Federal High Court in Lagos to apply for an order of Mandamus, compelling the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) to prosecute former first lady Mrs. Patience Jonathan over $15m unexplained wealth frozen in four companies’ accounts.

SERAP, in the suit filed on its behalf by its executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni is asking the court to declare that the failure of the Malami to institute criminal proceedings against Mrs. Jonathan over the disputed accounts is unconstitutional and unlawful as it

contradicts and in conflict with the duties and obligations of the Respondent under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The organisation in the suit brought under Order 34, Rules 1 (1) (a); 2, Rule 3 (1) and (2) (a), (b) and (c) of the Federal High Court Rules, 2009 and Inherent Jurisdiction of the Court argued that the Attorney General of the Federation has a duty to prosecute inte tional illicit enrichment, that is, a significant increase in the assets of a public official that he or she cannot reasonably explain in relation to his or her lawful income.

SERAP also maintained that, “By virtue of Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) the Attorney General of the Federation is constitutionally empowered to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person in Nigeria in respect of any offence created by or under any Act of the National assembly in superior courts in Nigeria.

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Patience Jonathan: EFCC places witnesses against under security watch

As the trial of former aides of ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan, begins on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed its 13 witnesses in the case under security watch.

The witnesses, including a banker and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) are expected to tell the court how four slush accounts were opened for the former First Lady.

It was gathered that the accounts were opened by the ex-First Lady’s former Senior Special Assistant (Domestic/Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel.

Dudafa and six others were last Thursday, September 15 arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The others are a lawyer Amajuoyi Briggs, a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; Globus Integrated Service Limited; and Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited.

A document attached to the charge sheet indicates that 12 witnesses, including an account officer, will tell the court how the current and VISA Platinum Credit Card ( USD) accounts were opened.

The document lists the accounts in Skye Bank Plc as follows: 1771420773 and 2110002238 ( Pluto Property and Investment and Company Limited); 1771420797 and 2110002245(Trans Ocean Property and Investment and Company Limited); 1771421299 0and 2110002269 (Globus Integrated Services Limited) and 1771420780and 2110002207 (Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited).

A source with the EFCC said: “We are set for the trial on how the slush accounts were opened for the former First Lady. We have filed a list of 13 witnesses along with our Proof of Evidence to show that we conducted due diligence.

“The Account Officer, who managed the slush funds, will tell the court the remittances into the accounts and how the ex-First Lady operated them. I think Nigerians have not heard the last on these slush accounts. This is not a case of witchhunt.

“We have also taken adequate measures to protect all the witnesses in order to enable them to testify against encumbrances. We know some of the witnesses have been under pressure but we will ensure their safety.

“It is imperative to protect these witnesses because we have availed the defence their names in line with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. This may expose the witnesses to some risks which are being taking care of.”

The former First Lady is said to have sued the EFCC, demanding that her accounts be defrozen.

But the EFCC said: “We are still investigating her and she cannot operate all these accounts until she is able to give the details of the sources of funds remitted into the accounts,” the source said, adding: ”Our findings showed that the remittances were products of gratification. It is left for her to prove otherwise.

“Already, the team which investigated the case has declared that she has a case to answer. But we need to dig more before determining her fate.”

The report of the investigative team said in part: “Investigation so far carried out has revealed that the four VISA Platinum USD Card accounts used by Mrs. Patience Jonathan has a cumulative balance of $14,029.881.79 which has been swept Post No Debit Card category.

“Again, her personal account, different from the four VISA Platinum USD card accounts, bears the balance of $5,841,426.17.

“Considering the above stated findings, we can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering, contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”

$15m Scandal: EFCC Summons Patience Jonathan’s Security Aides

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has summoned some officials of the Department of State Services, who were attached to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, for interrogation.

It was learnt on Friday that the invitation was part of investigations into the $15m frozen in four company accounts, which Patience had laid claim to.

Sources in the EFCC told said that a letter had been written to the DSS, requesting that the officials be allowed to honour the anti-graft agency’s invitation.

A detective told said that the commission had evidence that the DSS officials had, on several occasions, deposited money into some of the accounts in Skye Bank between 2013 and 2015.

The source said, “The $15m, which we have frozen in the four company accounts was not paid into the accounts at once. The money was paid into the accounts over a two-year period.

“However, we have evidence that it was DSS officials attached to Jonathan’s wife that deposited the money. We have gathered bank documents and we have invited them for interrogation.”

When asked why Patience had not been invited by the EFCC, even after she had openly laid claim to the money and dared the anti-graft agency to invite her for questioning, another source told our correspondent that it was because the commission was trying to build a solid case.

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EFCC wants to take my hard earned money – Patience Jonathan

The former first lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) hired mercenaries to implicate her.

Mrs. Jonathan said the anti-graft agency is plotting to take her hard earned money, adding that those who pleaded guilty to the fraud allegations were not authorised by the companies.

This is coming as four companies accused of allegedly laundering $15m for the former first lady, pleaded guilty.

A statement issued by her media aide, Chima Osuji, reads: “This is a clear evidence of the desperation of the prosecution to pull down the former First Lady and confiscate her hard-earned money.

“It is an irony that it was the former First Lady who went to court for the repatriation of her confiscated money when she realised that the EFCC and its co-travellers were playing politics with this issue after she had come out publicly to say that the said money belongs to her and that she has all evidence to prove the sources of her money. Up till this very moment, the EFCC has refused to interrogate or invite her for questioning.

“The biggest twist in court on Thursday was that the fourth to seventh defendants pleaded guilty to all the 15 counts. It is clear that these unknown faces were agents of the EFCC, who have been stage-managed and tutored to come to court to complicate the case as a strategy to confiscate her money.”

Mrs. Jonathan had earlier asked the EFCC to lift the restrictions on her bank account, so she can take her $31.4m.

She said the money was for her medical bills and other expenses.

There are reports that the former first lady might sue the EFCC for freezing her bank accounts

BREAKING: Companies plead guilty to laundering “Patience Jonathan’s $15m”

The four companies charged alongside a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, and two others with money laundering have pleaded guilty to the offence.


The four companies pleaded guilty to conspiring with Dudafa and the two others to launder a sum of  $15, 591,700 before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday.


The companies are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Development Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had since frozen the $15.6m found in the four companies’ accounts in Skye Bank.


But wife of ex-President Jonathan, Patience, has sued the EFCC and Skye Bank, laying claims to the money.


Details later…

Patience Jonathan Reacts To Alamieyeseigha’s Death

Dame Patience Jonathan has described the death of the first elected civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, as shocking and painful.

She made this known during her visit to the Port Harcourt residence of the former governor, on Tuesday.

The former president’s wife arrived at the home of the late governor at about 2.30p.m. and stayed with the widow, Margaret, till about 5.30p.m.

“Daddy, on behalf of my husband, former President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire family members, we mourn you so dearly.

“We are in shock and our hearts are full of pains, though we cannot question God. We are saying goodbye. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen,”she wrote in the condolence register.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Tari Okosi, said “We are still in shock. For now, we have not believed that he has gone,”he said.

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Prosecute Goodluck Jonathan And Patience- Bayelsa APC Chieftain

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Perekeme Kpodo has stated that former president, Goodluck Jonathan, his wife and their associates should be investigated and prosecuted for looting Nigeria’s resources.

Chief Kpodo, made the call at a news conference in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

In his statement he said:

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order a detailed investigation into the acts of fraud and embezzlement by these defectors and their associates.”

“We support the moves by Buhari for the prosecution of former President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Patience Jonathan and his known associates for the looting and associated crimes committed against the state.”

Chief Kpodo also said that the APC would not become a dumping ground for desperate looters and thieves in need of protection from prosecution.

Patience Never Wanted Jonathan In Politics – Alamieyeseigha

First civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, on Friday night, disclosed that the immediate past First Lady, Patience Jonathan, opposed the nomination of her husband, Goodluck, as his deputy governorship candidate in 1998, ahead of the elections in 1999.

He said Mrs. Jonathan was contented with her husband’s progress at the defunct Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), where he was an Assistant Director. Alamieyeseigha spoke during a banquet organised by the Bayelsa State Government, as part of programmes for a civic reception in honour of the former President at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Yenagoa,

Patience, however, shunned the banquet, following alleged irreconcilable political differences between her and Governor Seriake Dickson. Jonathan was Alamieyeseigha’s deputy from 1999 to 2005, when he took over as governor after his boss was impeached over money laundering charges.


Alamieyeseigha told the audience that Mrs. Jonathan resisted the proposal which he and the current chairman, Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Gordon Bozimo, had taken to him at their home in Port Harcourt. He said Patience was never happy that her husband was being dragged into the murky waters of politics.

Apparently put under pressure by his wife to reject the offer of deputy governorship, the former Bayelsa governor said Jonathan, drove to his (Alamieyeseigha’s) residence in Port Harcourt a few days later and announced his decision not to accept the offer.

Aisha Buhari Calls For The Adoption Of The Child Rights Act In Every State

Wife of President-elect, Aisha Buhari has called on all states of the federation to implement the Child Rights Act which has been passed by the outgoing Senate with the view of protecting the rights of the Nigerian Child.

Mrs Buhari made this call in a statement released today to commemorate the International Children’s Day tomorrow May 27th. The statement, signed by was signed by the director of the Buhari Campaign Organization, Garba Shehu “Even if it means adapting the act to suit their specific needs. The Child Rights Act must be adopted in every single state of our country”she said in the statement.

Mrs Buhari in the statement promised that no child will be left out of her husband’s plans

“No child in Nigeria will be left out of my husband’s plan for Nigeria,” she said. “Every child in every geopolitical zone of the country will be taken care of by the APC federal government.”

Patience Jonathan Fuelled My Conflict With President, PDP- Amaechi

The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday said his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan was fueled in part by the President’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan.

He said this after the premiere of a documentary on Amaechi years at the Silver Bird Galleria, Abuja.

According to him, the President and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party would have taken him to the cleaners, if they had anything incriminating against him.

Amaechi said, “We had a disagreement in principle between me and the President. Have you seen a country where the Commissioner of Police is reporting to the wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.

“Have you seen a country where the Brigade Commander or the Navy Commander or Air Force Commander is reporting to the wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.”

He explained that he was convinced that such conduct would not help in the development of any nation, saying he took a stand against it.

Amaechi stressed that Nigeria must never again go back to such dark days, stressing that public officers should learn to lead by the rule so as to avoid abuse of office by their spouses.

He pointed out that it was the husband of Mrs. Jonathan, who was elected.

The governor revealed that in his own case, he ensured that his wife knew her limits and he always told her she had no right to call any of his commissioners for anything, because the people voted him into office as governor, not her.

Amaechi challenged anyone, who had doubts about his performance in office, to go to Rivers State and see for himself or herself.

He also said all he did in the state were not for self-glorification but to bequeath a legacy for successive administrations in the state to sustain.

The governor added that 90 per cent of the people, who worked with him, betrayed him.

He further showcased his achievements, spanning all sectors of the state, wondering why the Federal Government was desperate about casting his administration in bad light even when he spent N105bn doing federal roads.

Amaechi pointed out that he kept a proper account of his stewardship and the books were open for all to see.

This, he said, gave him the courage to sustain the struggle, expressing joy that history would vindicate him in the end.

In the documentary, which featured some of his projects in the areas of security, works, agriculture, works, education, transportation, health and social development, Amaechi said the documentary left out some projects he would love to see documented.

 Senator Magnus Abbe, who also featured in the documentary, explained how Amaechi pioneered the amnesty programmes through which unparalleled  insecurity in the state was drastically reduced.


I Will Support My Sister, Patience Jonathan To Aisha Buhari

Outgoing First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has pledged to support the wife of the President-elect, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, in any of her projects that would better the country.

Mrs. Jonathan gave the assurance at the inauguration of the Defence and Police Officers Wives Association Skills Acquisition Centre, in Abuja yesterday.

The First Lady explained that her husband was able to complete his four-year tenure in office with ease because of the support he got from the military and security chiefs in the country.

She lauded the service chiefs and the women association for their support for the President, especially during the Boko Haram insurgency, and urged them to sustain the patriotic efforts.

She further called on Nigerian to pray for the security chiefs to ensure that their efforts were successful. “I want to thank all the Service Chiefs and all women associations for their support for the President and my office.

“You have really sacrificed a lot to ensure Nigeria is safe. Don’t be tired but ensure that Nigeria is safe. Pray for their success in finally keeping the nation safe,” she added.

On the incoming government, Mrs. Jonathan said, “I will make sure that I support my sister, the incoming First Lady to make sure Nigerian women are safe”.

Patience Jonathan’s “There Is God” Video is Nigeria’s Most Viewed YouTube Clip Ever – Google

The famous, “There is God,” video skit by the first lady, Patience Jonathan, is Nigeria’s most viewed non-music footage ever on popular online video site, YouTube, the site’s owner, Google, announced Thursday.

The video, published in 2014 by Channels TV, showed Mrs. Jonathan breaking down at a meeting over the abduction of about 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, in a dramatic display of emotion that drew global attention.

The meeting was the First Lady’s first public acknowledgement of the Chibok abduction, one of
Boko Haram’s mass kidnapping that shocked the world.

Addressing a group of women, and the principal of the secondary school where the girls were seized, Mrs. Jonathan launched into what seemed a stagy show of grief, scolding the principal for her handling of the insurgents’ attack.

She questioned why the principal hesitated to honour her invitation for a meeting in Abuja, and the circumstances of the kidnap.

With not satisfactory response from the principal, the Frist Lady exploded, “All these blood you people are shedding, there is God o, there is God o, God…o….Chai, there is God o,” she lamented repeatedly before dabbing tears from her eyes with a handkerchief.

Mrs. Jonathan’s outburst was also transcribed to imitate her inflection as, “All these blood you people are sharing, diaris God o, diaris God oooo, all this bloods you are sharing, chai, chai, chai diaris God oooh”.

The video drew wide attention across the world, at a time the international community was fixed on how the Nigerian government was responding to the abduction.

The girls remain in captivity more than a year after.

The video ranking was released by Google on Thursday as YouTube celebrates its 10th year anniversary.

The most watched videos in Nigerian were ranked in the music, non-music and advert categories.

Mrs. Jonathan’s video came first in the non-music category.

Be Responsible Always, Patience Jonathan Urges Women

Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has challenged women to always be responsible and to use their positions to positively impact on the society especially the less privileged.

Mrs. Jonathan gave the challenge Sunday in Abuja, at the Miss United Nations Nigeria Pageant 2015.

Vivian Nnamani, who represented the Federal Capital Territory, emerged as the Miss United Nations (Nigeria) while Kessy Isong, who represented Akwa Ibom state emerged as the first runner up at the pageant.

The winners are expected to go home with a cash reward and a brand new car.
The pageant had a category for singles, married women, single mothers and teens.

Winners of the teens and married women categories would be further groomed and would join Miss United Nations (Nigeria) to represent the country at the main Miss United Nations Pageant holding in July in Kingston, Jamaica.

The first lady who was represented at the event by Peace Nnaji had earlier also congratulated Precious Chikwendu who won the 2014 edition of the pageant in Kingston, Jamaica.

She expressed optimism that such pageants would enable contestants develop their personalities and make them stronger and passionate to positively impact on the society.

She said Miss Chikwendu brought honour to Nigeria by virtue of her not only winning the crown, but also the hosting right for the Nigerian version of the pageant.

She added that being a beauty queen, was not as easy as it seems, because the queen has to be the best in whatever she does in order to achieve her goals.

“Remember, looking good is worth all the troubles,” she said. “This is because beauty is the totality of the state of a woman`s health, physically, psychologically and mentally.”

The first lady, however, reminded the contestants that it was alright to lose, because there were no losers in pageants as all contestants were winners.

She also added that pageant was not only about winning the crown, but also about what was done after the victory and charged the contestants to be responsible and useful to the society; a character, she said, the outgoing queen, Chikwendu, had exhibited during her tenure.

The first lady added that on her part, she had through her various NGOs and programmes, encouraged the girl-child and women generally, to be who they want to be and express their natural talents.

She assured the outgoing Queen of her continued support in her determination to make young women better citizens.

Using her Snow White Foundation NGO, the outgoing queen, said she adopted a lifecycle approach of development, focusing its interventions on children, their families and the larger community with emphasis on the less privileged.

According to her, beauty transcends the physical, is not just an outward thing, but also the inner qualities of an individual.

She maintained that beauty pageant had moved beyond wearing a crown and cat-walking to impact positively on the society.

The outgoing queen, explained that the main focus of the pageant was to have volunteers who were ready to use beauty to add value to humanity.

She held that it focuses on volunteer work, adding that each contestant must have a background in volunteer work for her community.

“This sisterhood strengthens them to see beyond their immediate surroundings and situations and extends their services across the globe.

“As each contestant shares ideas of how she serves her community, more women would be strengthened and edified because their paths have crossed for good,” she said.

The contestants at the 2015 Nigerian version of the pageant were assessed on the basis of character, personality, conversational skill, beauty, fashion and intelligence.
The Director Media and Publicity, the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who was one of the special guests at the pageant, descried it as exceptional.

“This is a pageant with a different; I am excited to be here and so proud about the contestants and the organizers of the event,” he said.

“I am particularly happy that the first lady said such nice things about the pageant and the organisers and her assurance of continued support,” he said

The 2015 Miss United Nations Nigeria Pageant, was sponsored by Chikwendu, the outgoing Queen.

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Patience Jonathan Ascribes Stable Health To Divine Intervention

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has ascribed her stable health during her husband’s eight years in office to divine intervention.

Mrs Jonathan stated this on Sunday at a farewell service organised for the First Family at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja.

“I was taken to Germany for a major surgical procedure during the campaign rallies for the just concluded elections.

“I went to four different hospitals while in Germany for tests and they returned a verdict that it was no longer necessary to do the surgery,” she said.

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They Wanted Me As Sacrifice For Jonathan’s Re-Election – Patience

First Lady Patience Jonathan disclosed on Sunday that some unnamed people wanted her as a sacrifice for her husband’s re-election bid.
Mrs. Jonathan was speaking at a thanksgiving and farewell service organised for her and her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, at the Aso Rock Villa Chapel.
The first lady also disclosed that she had in 2013 undergone 12 major operations in a German hospital within one month.
She said at the peak of her husband’s re-election campaigns in January, the devil struck again and she was in pains rushed to a German hospital where doctors told her that she must undergo a major operation immediately.
Mrs Jonathan said no sooner had she returned to Nigeria for the campaigns than doctors told her again that she had to go for another “big” operation in a bigger hospital in Germany.
She said after the doctors booked her for the operation, allowed her to go for the campaign and asked her to come later.

The first lady said it was then she called her pastor to continue praying for her as “they want to use me as sacrifice”.

“I thank God for keeping me alive today. God is so wonderful. Just two years ago, I went through operations upon operations. Within one month, I passed through 12 operations. It’s wonderful. Some people said she is dead, but God resurrected me. God told me, my daughter, go back, I’ll give you second chance, go and finish your work. And today, if my husband lost this election, I believe God has made me finish the work. At the same time this year, my husband was campaigning. That campaigning time was a trial for me. Satan came in again and those that know the former president and his wife, her corpse was carried out of this place.

“We thank God that I and my husband are going alive. Thank God today we’re parting with life, not with death. Our doors are open. This campaign period, devil struck and came in again. In pains, I was rushed to the hospital in January and the doctors told me, mama, you’ve to go for a major big operation now. What again! The campaign was still going on and I wondered how we were going to explain to Nigerians. You know even when you go for a check-up, they’ll be writing on papers saying all sorts of things. I said I and my family have to hand over. My husband will continue with his campaign crowd until the last day. That was how I went in for the first major operation in January ending.

“And by God’s grace, I went for the operation and came out and it was from that operation that I went to the campaign ground. And they (doctors) told me, mama, there is another bigger operation you’ve to go in for. This one would not be in this hospital. It’s too small for this type of operation. You’ve to go to a bigger hospital and I said ah ah. I’ll go, I’ve faith in God and that my God will see me through. He has brought me out for a purpose. I called my pastor to continue praying for me. They want me to be a sacrifice, but I will never be.

“Then, do you know I went to the bigger hospital? I booked for the operation and I was asked to go for the campaign. They gave me a new date. I had paid for everything remaining just to enter the theatre and the thing occurred to the hospital. Let’s check her again. By then, my husband had lost the election. I had packed out of Villa. We’re about going. Behold! I went to four hospitals again and the thing (her illness) vanished. My doctors were surprised they didn’t think that could happen.

“I really thank God for keeping me alive. He is a miraculous God. God is so wonderful in my life because people prophesied that one of us will not go back. But God has made it possible. Two of us are going healthy”, the first lady said.

Patience Jonathan, Dragged Before An Abuja High Court By Nigerian Women Over AFLPM Meeting

First Lady Patience Jonathan, has been dragged before an Abuja High Court by some women who want the court to restrain her from holding an emergency meeting of African First Ladies Peace Mission in Abuja on May 15.

According to them, it was called in bad faith with the aim of stopping the incoming first lady, Aisha Buhari, from assuming headship of the AFLPM.

The plaintiff’s argument is in direct conflict with Ms Jonathan’s assertion, which is that the emergency meeting was based on an agreement reached last year.

The plaintiffs clearly do not accept her explanation.

The women behind the suit are Nana Module Onwodi, Ekemma Ugborough Arisa, Louisa Ono Eikhomun, Deborah Oboh,Juliet Mene, Juliet Pearce, Sonia Adolf and Kate Duru.

The case could not go on yesterday when it was called because the procedure for proof of service had not been completed.

Accordingly, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the matter to enable Barrister Mohammed Ahmed file an affidavit of service and attach the Proof of Service to the said affidavit averring that the service had been effected on the defendant, Dame Jonathan.

The plaintiffs had filed a writ of summons for themselves and on behalf of Concerned Women for Peace and Development, seeking to stop the emergency meeting called by Jonathan aimed at picking a new president of AFLPM from among the other African first ladies to succeed her.

They explained that the defendant stepped into the shoes of president of AFLPM after Turai Yar’Adua stepped down following the death of her husband and then President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

The plaintiffs averred that the tenure of office of President of the Mission is three years, is expected to elapse in July 2015 and, therefore, any attempt for the defendant to convene a meeting to elect a new president would amount to short-changing Mrs. Buhari who ought to get a chance by May 29, 2015 to participate and even contest the office of president in July 2015.

They state that “the defendant/respondent’s intention to hold an election on May 2015 is inimical to the progress and development of the country” as “not only shall we be affected as individuals but the entire nation will be affected as our position in the committee of African nations will be relegated.

Summit: Patience Jonathan Denies Blocking Aisha Buhari

Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Tuesday denied media reports that her plan to host the 8th summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission on Friday is designed to deny the wife of the President-elect, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the opportunity of becoming the President of the mission.

Mrs. Jonathan, who is the current President, had summoned a meeting of the mission during which new executive members are expected to emerge.

Media reports had it that the election would have been held in July but the President’s wife brought it back to May to allow her successor to emerge before her husband will cease to be President from May 29.

But a statement by Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, on Tuesday said there was no truth in the reports.

Adewuyi explained that Mrs. Jonathan was elected President in July 2012 and was meant to serve for two years, according to the group’s internal regulation.

He further said that while her tenure ought to have ended in 2014, when a fresh election should have held, the President’s wife drew the attention of her colleagues to the then forthcoming election in Nigeria, which preparation would not enable her host the summit.

According to him, Mrs. Jonathan therefore proposed that the summit should hold after the general elections, and it was accordingly agreed that it should be held in July 2015.

Adewuyi however added that there was an understanding among members that if President Goodluck Jonathan did not succeed in his re-election bid, the President’s wife would convene the summit in May to enable the election of a new President and ensure a smooth handover since her tenure has ended.

The statement read in part, “Arising from the above, it is therefore clear that this is not a personal matter nor specifically a Nigeria sole affair but a continental platform governed by its own rules and protocols just as similar international organisations.

“It would therefore be out of place for anyone to insinuate that it is intended to shut out the incoming First Lady. This cannot be farther from the truth.

“We state therefore without any iota of equivocation that it is mischievous for anyone to scheme to cause disaffection between the outgoing and incoming First Ladies, Dame Patience Jonathan, and Hajia Aisha Buhari.

“Let us therefore come together in our tradition of hospitality to heartily welcome our guests, the African First Ladies, as they arrive Abuja for the 8th Summit of the Mission.

“Let us always remember that the personal ambition of anybody is not worth destroying the image of the nation.”


Presidency Addresses First Lady’s Whereabout

The Presidency has finally confirmed that the First Lady, Patience Jonathan is currently not in the country.

According to a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the media assistant to Mrs. Jonathan, the First Lady has traveled to Congo.

Adewuyi added that Mrs. Jonathan has gone to the country to join her colleagues from Africa for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of a Non-Governmental Organisation, Congo Assistance Foundation, established by the Congolese First Lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso. He was however silent on when she is expected back in the country.

According to the statement, Mrs. Jonathan was received in Congo on arrival by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo Brazzaville, Princess ?Onipede, in the company of top Congolese officials.

It will be recalled that Mrs. Jonathan has been absent from all public events inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, since President Jonathan lost his re-election bid in the March 28 presidential election.

This has fueled speculations over her whereabouts with the presidency keeping sealed lips.

The statement reads: “First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan, is in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, joining other African First Ladies for the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Congo Assistance Foundation, an NGO of Congolese First Lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso.

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Patience Jonathan’s Attitude Contributed To GEJ’s Defeat – PDP Chief

Bayelsa State publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Osom Makbere, has said President Goodluck Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential election due to international and domestic conspiracies..In an interview with Punch, the lawyer said:

“History has stated that no failure, defeat or loss is a product of a single factor. Jonathan’s loss could be blamed on a multiplicity of interwoven causes.

“Jonathan was a victim and target of international cum domestic esoteric codes and conspiracies. On the international level, the passage of the anti-gay legislation led to criticisms and face-off with the US, and the West.

“The strides made in the economic sphere, especially domestic rice promotion, calculated by the Jonathan administration to flip economic growth, and boost import substitution, also negatively alerted the West. The shift to China for our railway transformation, and recently, the migration to Russia for arms and ammunition to quelling the insurgency also signalled to the West that Jonathan had started constituting a self-reliant and dependent nation-state, a feat seen too tall by the US and their allies in the West.

“The aforesaid international factors found room to flourish given the obstinacy and impudence on the part of Mrs. Jonathan. The end result of her personal ambition to plant ‘self-made’ governors triggered face-offs with some governors.”

On APC , he said

“I can tell you that this APC will be worse than the PDP as there is already imminent fear of implosion. “In Kano, for instance, the APC got all 40 constituencies. This meant that none of the PDP candidates were popular enough to emerge but, the PDP maintained their calm and stoicism.

“We do not know what the APC wants. Whenever they win, the PDP congratulates them, but whenever the PDP wins, the APC would induce the election observers and the electoral officers to call for a re-run or cancellation. That is the zenith of desperation.”

African First Ladies Summit: Dame Patience Jonathan Plans To Rig Out Aisha Buhari

Notwithstanding the official preparation of the federal government to commence the handover ceremonies from the Goodluck Jonathan administration to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, plans to host wives of African leaders to a jamboree on May 15 before she leaves office.

It was her grand design to deny the wife of the President-elect Hajiya Aisha Buhari the hosting rights of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in July aimed at electing a new President of the non-governmental organisation.

To Dame Jonathan, the summit of the AFLPM to elect its new president is a mission she must superintend before she leaves office.

It will be the first time in AFLPM history that an emergency meeting was called to meet transition exigencies.

Nigeria is the major financier of the AFLPM and is currently building an N8billion permanent secretariat for the continental non-government organisation. Mrs Jonathan finished Nigeria’s first term mandate given to her predecessor, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua, whose husband, President Umaru Yar’Adua, died in office.

The continent’s first ladies had scheduled their 8th Summit for July, 2015, before Mrs Jonathan requested them to bring it forward to May 15, because she would no longer be Nigeria’s first lady by that time.

If the status quo had been maintained, it would have been Hajiya Aishat Buhari’s privilege to host the continent’s first ladies in July, just two months   into her husband’s tenure.

The AFLPM had on July 26, 2012, re-elected Nigeria as its president at its 7th Summit in Abuja, where guests were extravagantly treated and driven in 200 exotic cars, comprising 80 units of BMW X3 and X5 with a market value of N13.5million each, while the remaining 120 were exotic Jaguar, Honda and other brands.

LEADERSHIP obtained a copy of the letter entitled ‘Notice of Emergency Summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission’ addressed to all the 52 member countries.

Dated April 6, with reference number SH/HEC/AFLPM/VOL.1/15, Mrs Jonathan passionately pleaded for a change of date to enable her host the extravaganza as she prepares to leave office.

She signed it herself as: “Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan, First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria and President, Africa First Ladies Peace Mission.”

Mrs Jonathan’s letter recalled that when the executive bureau of the body met in October 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa, it was agreed that “the next meeting (8th Summit) of our organisation will hold in July 2015”

The purpose of the Summit, she added, was “to elect the next president of the Mission and ratify the appointment of its executive secretary.

“You will recall that Nigeria was re-elected president of the AFLPM at the 7th Summit in Abuja. With the recent election in my country and a new government coming on board from May 29, 2015, it has become necessary to convene an emergency summit of the AFLPM to facilitate a smooth and formal hand over to the new executive committee that will pilot the affairs of the Peace Mission for the next two years.”

The first lady said she was making the proposition to avoid a leadership vacuum in the AFLPM, “as was the case in 2010 when my predecessor left office suddenly without handing over to a successor.”

She stressed that she wanted to guarantee a seamless take-off for the incoming leadership of the organisation “in view of the limited time available.”

Senior special assistance to the president on media and publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, however, denied that the lavish sponsorship of the summit was at the expense of government.

Abati said: “In accordance with its modus operandi, the AFLPM set up several committees, including a finance committee, to raise funds and sponsorship for the organisation of its Abuja summit.

“As part of its own contributions to the successful hosting of the summit by the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Coscharis Motors Ltd offered to provide some cars for the event at no cost to the organisers or the federal government of Nigeria”.

The land on which the secretariat is being built was originally allocated to the Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WAYEF), a non-governmental organisation run by Mrs Jonathan predecessor, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua. However, in November 2011, however, the FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, revoked the allocation and transferred ownership of the land to AFLPM.


U.S. Likely To Sanction Patience Jonathan, Orubebe, Others

The United States government appears set to sanction Nigeria’s ?first lady, Patience Jonathan, a former Niger Delta minister, Godsday Orubebe, ?and ?the ?governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, and other Nigerians accused of either disrupting the just concluded elections, or instigating violence.

The U.S. said Monday that it will impose visa restrictions on any Nigerian found to have incited violence or interfered with the electoral process.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said in a? statement that the U.S. will shut its doors on people involved in any form of violence during the polls.

“Anyone found to have incited violence or interfered with electoral processes will be unwelcome in the United States and subject to visa sanctions,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said.

Although Ms. Thomas-Greenfield did not give names of those considered for sanctions, Mr. Orubebe, appears one of the most likely targets.

The former minister openly disrupted the process of collation of the presidential election results in Abuja on March 31, as the event was broadcast live by the international media.

Accusing the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, of bias, Mr. Orubebe for several minutes asked Mr. Jega to stand down before the process could continue.

The former minister received worldwide condemnation for his actions, and later apologised.

Mrs. Jonathan had said at the ?ruling ?Peoples Democratic Party Women Campaign in Calabar, Cross River State, early March, that anyone chanting change should be stoned.

“I’m telling you, anyone that comes and tell you change, stone that person,” she said. “What you did not do 19 kilikili, is now that age has caught up with you, you want to come and change? You can’t change rather you will turn back to a baby. You will turn back to a baby. From old age nothing, so nothing like change. Rather (it) is continuity.”

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How Patience Jonathan Rigged Over 1m Votes For Nyesom Wike In Rivers State

Fresh facts emerged yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,on how  President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Dame Patience, influenced the April 11 governorship election for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)standard bearer, Nyesom Wike.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the poll’s results at about 4am yesterday. Wike polled 1,029,102 to beat the Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 124,896 votes.

A source revealed that Mrs. Jonathan, an indigene of Okrika, the headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, took undue advantage of her husband’s position to undermine the electoral process in Rivers State.

President Jonathan voted in his Otuoke country home in Bayelsa State without the First Lady. He arrived at his polling unit where he voted at the State Assembly election in the company of his mother, Eunice.

Mrs. Jonathan has relocated to Okrika in the evening of April 10 to ensure victory for her political godson and former education minister.

According to the source, President Jonathan was opposed to proposals to manipulate the process to pave the way for Wike’s victory, a position the source alleged, never went well with the First Lady.

An unconfirmed source said the First Lady was unhappy that the President conceded defeat after losing the March 28 election to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC without putting up a fight.

It was learnt that the First Lady decided to sacrifice her vote in Otuoke for the trip to Okrika to see Wike to victory.

Dame Jonathan allegedly summoned the leadership of the Rivers State Police obtained commitment from the police to support her in the manipulation of the electoral process in favour of the PDP.

The officers and men of the Command assured the First Lady of their support, a source claimed.

When the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 6, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin, an ex-Rivers Commissioner of Police, who supervises Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ebonyi States, arrested a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) with electoral materials in Rivers, the First Lady immediately intervened by calling his husband.

The source disclosed that President Jonathan quickly got across to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, and directed him to order Ogunsakin out of Rivers State. The AIG returned to his Calabar base at about 5am on April 11.

Efforts to get the First Lady’s reaction proved abortive as calls made to her Glo line were unanswered as at press time.

The Rivers PDP governorship candidate and his allies are also panicking over the likely cancellation of the polls in the state.

One of Wike’s close associates sent a text message to a frontline journalist in Port Harcourt to know if there was a move by the INEC headquarters in Abuja to cancel the flawed elections and fix a new date for a rerun.

The Rivers Chairman of the APC, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, also decried the senseless killing of 19 members of his party on Saturday. He pushed the polls cancellation.

Ikanya, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, through his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, described the governorship and House of Assembly elections and the announcement of fake results as tragedy.

The Rivers APC chairman said: “What took place was a macabre dance of intimidation and violence, perpetrated against the peace-loving APC members, after which results were written in favour of Chief Nyesom Wike of the PDP. It is evident that the announcement of winners for the polls is a travesty of justice and a rape of democracy.

“We insist that the purported governorship and House of Assembly elections be cancelled in their totality and a new date set for proper polls, as prescribed by law. We hope that INEC will enforce the rights of Rivers people to free, fair and credible elections, by heeding the clarion call.”

Ikanya also stated that many eligible voters were disenfranchised, as all hell was let loose throughout the state.

He accused the state chapter of the PDP of mobilising militants, who went on rampage, shooting, bombing and killing, killing no fewer than 19 APC members.

He noted that the victims were attempting to prevent the rigging plot of the PDP, in conjunction with INEC and some policemen, led by a deputy commissioner of police.

Ikanya said: “Rivers APC declares unequivocally that the elections were fraught with violence, unbridled manipulation and intimidation, while no voting took place in most parts of Rivers State.

“At Tai Local Government Area, Lekia Nkirine was shot dead, while Gbaraka Nna was shot on the neck. A PDP chieftain in the area, bought the guns, while another PDP chieftain fired the shot.

(Nkenya listed the suspected killers.)

“In Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area, seven APC members were killed, with three killed and thrown into the rivers and one beheaded. Two buses and INEC office were burnt, while the house of the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Joeba West, was bombed. These exclude tens of buildings and cars that were destroyed.

“Three persons were killed at Etche Local Government Area. One was killed in Ikwerre Local Government Area. Two APC members were murdered at Egbeda Ward I of Emouha Local Government Area, while Hon. Chidi Lloyd, the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, was beaten to a pulp, while attempting to prevent the rigging of the elections in his constituency.

“In Obga/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, there were at least five reported deaths, namely: Obinna Ndubuoke, Jeophat Kingdom, Ndidi Ebere, Sydney Wokocha and Hon. Clever Orukwowu (APC Youth Leader).”

Ikanya stated that among the persons injured by the blood-thirsty PDP thugs was; Evangelist Faith, who was beaten to a pulp at Dere in Andoni Local Government Area, with her whereabouts remaining unknown and Alifor Onyeso, who was shot by armed thugs, led by a lawmaker from Omuma constituency in the Rivers House of Assembly.

The APC chairman insisted that on April 11, in most parts of the state, voters were disenfranchised, intimidated and harassed, with outright manipulation of the already-announced results at the various units.

He said: “There was no election in Rivers State on April 11 and anyone who says otherwise is an enemy of this state. We had vigorously campaigned for the redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in the state, Mrs. Gesila Khan, because of her well-known support for the PDP, but our cries were ignored.

“Now, what we feared has happened – even worse than we feared. We cannot in all honesty accept the results announced, either for the governorship or state’s House of Assembly elections.”

Ikanya pleaded with INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to save Rivers State from doom, by cancelling the purported elections and rescheduling them.


”Patience Jonathan Pressurising INEC to Rig Rivers Poll” – Governor Amaechi

Ahead of the governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, of pressurising the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to rig the governorship election in the state.

Amaechi, who observed that President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife was in Okrika, her home town, for the governorship election, hoped that there would not be a repeat of election malpractices in the state.

The governor, who spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday in Port Harcourt, said the
Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mrs. Gesila Khan, already had a mindset of delivering the state to the Peoples Democratic Party.

He warned that the governorship candidate of the PDP, Chief Nyesom Wike, must answer for the killings in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.

Amaechi insisted that INEC must make available original result sheets at all polling units and called on the people of the state not to allow election to hold without result sheets.

He said:

 “The reason for this meeting is to let you know that what happened on the March 28, 2015 may or may not repeat itself. Few days ago, I had said it would not repeat itself. But as of this morning, there are enormous pressure on the security by the wife of the President.

There is also enormous pressure on INEC by the wife of the President. I hope that they will not repeat the hijacking of results. In most of the local government areas, if not all, there were no result sheets. This time around, I hope they will bring the result sheets to the different units. I hope they will not forget the result sheets at the collation centre.

For me as the Governor of Rivers State, what is material to me is that we want to see the result sheets. We want to ensure that as we vote, our votes will count. Most of you have been asking this question: who will take over from me? I told you that we don’t want anybody to force a candidate on us.

We don’t want people to be made governor because they want to share our resources. That is not what we want. We want to be allowed to vote and let our votes be counted. Let the wife of the President stay in her house. She should not force a candidate on us.

They should tell her that security agencies have assured us that they will allow votes to count. I assure you that the security agencies will not be biased and I hope that the security agencies will keep to that. I hope that the woman posted here as the Resident Electoral Commission will know that her responsibility is not to disallow anybody from seeing the result sheets.”

Calling on the electorate not to allow anybody to intimidate them, Amaechi explained that communities should use the Ubima (his community) formula by locking down their villages to ensure that nobody would steal their votes.

He warned that INEC should not endanger the lives of its staff by deliberately withholding the results sheets or failing to do what was expected of them according to the law.

Trucks Spotted In Presidential Villa As Patience Jonathan Begins Packing

The First Lady, Patience Jonathan has begun to pack her belongings from the Presidential Villa.

Patience Jonathan on Tuesday after it became clear that her husband has lost the election summoned her domestic staff and ordered them to start packing her personal belongings in readiness for the change of guard. As at Tuesday evening, two trucks have conveyed the First Lady’s belongings out of the Villa.

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Between Dame Patience Jonathan And Simone Gbagbo By Tony Ademiluyi

The position of the First Lady in the constitution of many countries has no mention or any clearly defined role. Gender equality activists opine that the writers of these constitutions are mostly male chauvinists who feel the womenfolk are to be seen and not heard. Notwithstanding its silence, the occupier of the highly esteemed office is supposed to grace it with sufficient panache befitting of it.

In 2010, it was not surprising to political pundits when Laurent Gbagbo the then Ivorian President refused to hand over power to his major challenger, Alassane Quattara who did the unthinkable by defeating an incumbent in a keenly contested election. It is the tradition of African rulers to cling on to power even when the popularity tide swings against them. What watchers did not bargain for was the role of Simone Gbagbo in the whole furore. She entrenched herself as a key member of her husband’s cabinet and headed killer squads that raped and murdered citizens in their thousands in the post-election violence that followed as a result of her husband’s intransigence. She infamously became a local clone of Lady Macbeth who was the Prima Dona that was in reality the de facto ruler. The long arm of the law eventually caught up with her when an Ivorian court sentenced her to twenty years behind bars for her ignoble role in the needless carnage. It is instructive to note that the government refused to transfer her to the International Crimes Court where her husband is currently standing trial for his role. The judicial system of the former French colony is really strong to have secured such a local conviction.
Dame Patience Jonathan is gradually toeing the path of the now disgraced Simone as she is too pig headed to learn from history. Her husband, President Jonathan in the presence of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan signed a peace accord not to perpetrate election violence which has been the bane of elections in Africa. It beats the imagination of any right thinking individual for the first lady notorious for her peculiar use of the English language which makes her more of a comedian to hurl invectives at the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari. She called him brain dead at a rally In Lokoja opining that as an old man he had no business seeking the highest political office in the land. Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became the first post-apartheid President of South Africa. Ronald Reagan was 69 going on 70 when the leadership of Uncle Sam beckoned on him. Sir Winston Churchill made a comeback to Number Ten Downing street in his mid-70’s and is one of the greatest leaders Great Britain has ever had. How preposterous was the cruel remark of the Dame!
To make matters worse, she called on her supporters to stone anyone that chants the change slogan of change at a Calabar rally. That was a clear incitement to violence given the already tense and charged atmosphere in the country. The biting unemployment, worsening hunger and skyrocketing poverty in the clime might see disgruntled elements take heed to the ill advice of the First Lady. It is sad that none of the President’s campaign handlers has come out publicly to chide the First Lady for such a hate-filled statement.
At a Sokoto rally where she was represented by the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Zainab Maina, she declared that the ruling PDP would remain in power for the next sixty years. How explosive! We remember the violence that occurred in the northern part of the country after the 2011 elections. Why would she make a statement that confers the status of the Divine Right of Kings on the PDP that has not lived up to expectation in the delivery of the goods? It was a tacit incitement to violence as power smooth power transfer has been a thorny issue in the country. Why needlessly dig up old wounds?
It is commendable that the APC has made a formal complaint to the International Crimes Court over the stoning statement. The maturity displayed by the major opposition party is a rarity as it chose not to join issues with a woman that is acting like a motor park tout. She has really demeaned the office of the First Lady of the most populous black nation in the world and has surreptitiously made the ‘Giant of Africa’ an international laughing stock.
It is our hope that there is a follow up to the APC complaint while still keeping our fingers crossed that no violence should happen as a direct or indirect consequence of that reckless statement. There is no constitutional immunity covering the office of the First Lady and we should not be surprise if she has to answer summons from the ICC even while her husband is still in office.
It is high time she is called to order and made to realize that living in a civilized society requires certain mores and norms. The zoo where the like of her ilk should be is just a stone throw away.

Tony Ademiluyi

Views expressed are solely author’s opinion and has no association with nor its associates

How Patience Jonathan Mistakenly Endorsed Buhari

Patience Jonathan has mistakenly endorsed her husband’s main challenger in the March 28 presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Patience Jonathan during a rally on Tuesday said voting for Buhari, will only see Nigeria ‘move from bad to better’.

The First Lady stated this during at a rally organized by the women wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akure, Ondo State.

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I Am Educated, That’s Why I Was Picked As The First Lady – Patience Jonathan

The first lady of Nigeria, Mrs Patience Jonathan visited Akure, Ondo state today and some of the things she said might interest you!

It was made known that Patience Jonathan, who’s on a ‘Women Rally’ was in Akure today and while addressing Ondo women, she said she is a daughter and a fan of former first lady, late Maryam Babangida. Mrs Jonathan also advised the youths of Ondo to pursue their education, stressing that if she wasn’t educated, she wouldn’t be a first lady;
In her own words, she also said, “Majority of the people of Ondo are educated and I believe you know the importance of education because without education there is no future. We should thank God for the administration of Goodluck and PDP. If somebody is talking and you are not educated, can
you be there? If Hilary Clinton is talking and you are not educated, can you be there? As Mimiko (governor of Ondo) is there, without education can he be there? As I am standing before you, if I am not educated, will they choose me?”

In the same vein, Dame Patience Jonathan, while speaking to a mammoth crowd at the PDP rally held at the Gani Fawehinmi freedom Arcade ground in Akure earlier today said that a vote for the APC presidential Candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is a vote to send Nigerians to Prison. While reminding the peole that Buhari is a dictator, Mrs Patience Jonathan said a dictator will always be a dictator no matter how his handlers white wash him. Nigerians should not make that mistake because a vote for Buhari is a vote to send people to Prison.
Describing the APC as a party of liars, propagandists, and a party of people who have “nothing to offer but to grab power by all means”, Dame Jonathan said the Jonathan administration impacted the lives of women more than any administration before him.
Do not vote for the candidate of the APC who do not have regard for the women. This is pay back time for President Jonathan all our women should come out on saturday and cast their vote for him.”
Just yesterday, the wife of the president during her women rally to Onitsha yesterday was noted to have said that the All Progressives Congress will be buried on March 28th. She also used the defection of Rivers state Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru as an example, reiterating that that is an indication that the opposition party is dead.

Watch 3 Lessons From Patience Jonathan In Her Verbal Attacks Against APC And Northerners

So many of us heard a couple of inhumane pronouncements lately in campaigns against Gen Buhari and The APC by the Wife Of President Jonathan , Dame Patience. So many Nigerians have condemned her pronouncements many have supported as expected but basically these are Major lessons Patience Jonathan wants us to know about fellow Nigerians in her rants against APC and General Buhari.

Don’t Go Home After Voting – Patience Jonathan Tells Nigerians

Contrary to the directive of the police to the electorate to go home after casting their votes, First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Patience Goodluck Jonathan yesterday  urged all the eligible voters not to go home after casting their votes during the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
She advised all eligible voters to stay at the polling units after voting in order to protect their votes, urging them to resist any attempt to intimidate them after voting.
Mrs Jonathan, who spoke at a PDP Presidential Women campaign rally in Enugu yesterday, insisted  that members of APC were more corrupt than the people they were accusing of corruption.
She pointed out that  the main opposition party, APC, does not the meaning the corruption and change that they have been clamouring for, insisting that the PDP remained the best.
“APC does not know the meaning of corruption.  They don’t know the meaning of corruption. They say they want change they don’t know the meaning of change. Shall we change from good to bad?
“They are more corrupt than any other person. If we open cans of warms, they will run.  Let us open our cans of warm and see if they will not run,” the First Lady said.
She called on all and sundry to support Jonathan and reject Buhari and his party ,APC,  wondering what Buhari forgot in government that he wants to come back to collect .
She maintained that APc was a dead party that has started running helter skelter and urged women to vote for her husband en masse.
Dame Jonathan further stated  there was future in PDP led administration, adding that the party has done so much in the area of women empowerment, agriculture,etc.

APC Will Change Name To Ebola & We Will Bury Them- Patience Jonathan

The wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, yesterday in Enugu advised the women of the state against being deceived by the antics of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which she said has nothing good to offer the people.

Mrs. Jonathan who was in Enugu to mobilize the women for the President,  described the APC as a group that keeps changing their names in a desperate attempt to hijack power.

“By the time they lose again, they will definitely change their name again. We will wait until they change their name to Ebola, then we will bury them,” Mrs Jonathan said.

She told the women that Buhari as Head of State, never recognized the women, rather he jailed Sam Mbakwe and his wife. She therefore queried; “Will you vote a man who jailed a husband and wife?”

Mrs. Jonathan, who danced with the women for several minutes at the Okpara Square Enugu, stated that President Jonathan has great respect for women and the youths, he appointed women into his cabinet and has been building schools, instead of prisons  as she alleged the opposition will do.

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Father Mbaka Shuts His Church Because Of Jonathan And Wife

Outspoken Catholic Priest, Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministries, Enugu, has suspended his weekly crusade until after the general elections due to alleged threat to his life by the Presidency.

This left no fewer than 100,000 worshippers stranded and disappointed last Friday. The Adoration Ground in Emene, Enugu, is noted for attracting over 100,000 worshippers every Friday from the South-East zone and beyond for spiritual healing and deliverance from satanic attacks.

Father Mbaka had in a statement stated that:
“It is with a deep sense of concern that we are constrained to make this statement on the continued threat to the life of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka over his 2015 New Year message titled ‘From Good Luck to Bad Luck.’ “Last Wednesday, mean looking men in a black Hilux besieged his parish compound but they left disappointed when they could not see him”.
When Vanguard visited the Adoration Ground, on Friday night, the place was deserted. Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ebere Amarizu said , “we do not have any report by Fr. Mbaka over threat to his life.”

800 Police Officers Released To Guard Patience Jonathan in Kaduna

No fewer than 800 police officers were deployed to provide security for the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, during the Peoples Democratic Party North-West rally for women on Wednesday.

Aside the 800 policemen, other heavily armed security operatives, such as soldiers, DSS, were stationed at strategic locations leading to the venue of the PDP women rally.

Despite the presence of the security men, Mrs. Jonathan failed to show up at the rally, which held at the Kaduna Township Stadium.

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Don’t be Afraid of Jail, Aisha Buhari Tells Patience Jonathan

Hajia Aishat Buhari, wife of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari has replied the wife President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan who has been campaigning that General Buhari will jail his political opponents if elected President in the March 28 election, saying Patience Jonathan needs not fear as Nigerians only want a change in the way Nigeria is being run presently .

Speaking at a mega rally where she interacted with Women in Edo State Thursday, Hajia Buhari said the PDP’s attempt to paint her husband black ith the tar of religion is a desperate attempt to hoodwink the people, saying only those who want to loot the treasury campaign with religion which is at variance with politics.

She said: “Each zone of the country has its peculiar problems. For me in this zone, girl-child trafficking should be considered one of our problems, though I know there is unemployment.

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Buhari Will Put You In Prison If He Wins – First Lady To Rivers People

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has advised the people of Rivers State not to vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari on the March 28 election, because if he wins he will imprison them.

She added that Buhari would fill all the prisons in the country by jailing anybody he perceives to be his political enemy, saying that once a dictator, he will remain a dictator.

Mrs Jonathan, who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women presidential campaign rally, said the APC presidential candidate does not have what it takes to fight corruption, saying: “Whenever he (Buhari) comes to you again, ask him what he did for Rivers State when he was Head of State.”

The First Lady warned the women not to sell their permanent voter cards (PVCs) for any sum of money, noting that it was within their power to vote out the “expired drug called APC.”

Dame Jonathan, who enumerated the achievements of the Federal Government in the state, said PDP would install Barrister Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike as the next governor of the state.

“PDP will install Nyesom Wike as governor because President Jonathan is a lion and he gave birth to a lion,” She said.

On the political crisis in the state which had been linked to her by the APC particularly the Okrika shooting incident, the First Lady said she would not condescend so low to join issues with those accusing her of being responsible for the violence.

“They are rascal and I will not respond to them. Don’t let me open my mouth to talk about these rascals.

“We did not vote for these people. We in Rivers State voted Celestine Omehia but these people came and took our mandate away and today they are abusing us. They don’t have respect for elders. They are busy abusing me and my husband. I will not answer them.

“In Rivers state we respect elders but these rascals have no respect for their elders. We must vote them out in April,” Dame Jonathan said.

Patience Jonathan Calls Buhari “Adulterated Drug”

Patience Jonathan in Ilorin, Kwara State, said her husband was the messiah hence she told Nigerian women not to vote for Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress

“Nigerian women, if they (APC) come, tell them that your mother said you should not listen to them. They have nothing to offer. They have nothing to give you, Nigerian women; because the battle has already been conquered, God has opened the way for us. God has brought down the messiah for us. And PDP is the messiah. Goodluck is the messiah,” the President’s wife said at the Peoples Democratic Party’s women presidential rally in Ilorin.

She asked Buhari to leave politics and governance to younger people. “I am a person that will tell the truth. I will not abuse people, but if you are old you are old, so leave it to younger people,” she said in a veiled reference to her husband’s main challenger, whom the PDP had said was too old to occupy the President’s office.

The President’s wife likened the opposition APC to an “expired and adulterated drug” and urged the Nigerian electorate not to vote for the party, saying it could lead to their death.


Buhari’s Wife is Deceiving Nigerian Women – Patience Jonathan

First Lady Patience Jonathan, says Aishat Buhari, wife of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been going about deceiving Nigerian women.

According to The Cableng, the first lady said this on Tuesday when the campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women birthed in Ilorin, capital of Kwara state.“Don’t be deceived. Don’t look at any woman that comes here; don’t listen. They are just deceiving themselves because out of the abundant of the heart, the mouth speaketh,” she said.

“Their husbands have said that they would not carry women along and that there is no office for the first lady but now they want to deceive Nigerian women and she has come out to say ‘My husband said it in error’. Don’t worry, I’ll carry on in the traditional way. “Any woman that comes, tell her to go back. Don’t let any Nigerian woman deceive you.”The first lady said she ran into the entourage of
Buhari’s wife at the airport but ordered her security details to avoid any possible problem.

Alleging that the opposition party has been fomenting trouble, she advised women to shun violence and always embrace peace.“I was in Edo state but before I got there, APC had gone. They went there just to make trouble,” she said. “I want to go to Kwara, they are there. Why do you want to go to Kwara? It is to make trouble. Trouble is not good for women. “They ran to the airport so that PDP will clash with them, but I told my security people that I am Mama Peace, I don’t kill, I don’t stone people. Please let them go with their problems. “It is not the women that are contesting elections but our husbands and all we can do is to pray for them to succeed.

As wife of leaders, we should be careful and avoid allowing ourselves to be used.”Buhari’s wife visited Kwara state on Monday.

Father Mbaka Raises Alarm, Says Jonathan, Wife Planning to Kill Him [Video]

Controversial Enugu-based Reverend father, Fr Mbaka says the president and his wife are planning to assassinate him. Assassinate because he’s what? Lol. Below is what he told his congregation…

“I want to send this message to the atmosphere, let it now be known to the whole world that president Jonathan and Patience want to assassinate Fr Mbaka. It’s a known secret. So however they are planning it, I don’t know. Whomever they want to use, I don’t know. They will not come themselves and do it, they will use this unemployed people. The same people I am speaking for. Just like in the days of Chimaroke, (Nnamani – former Enugu governor) I came here 1 day, announcing this type of thing, that they are planning to attack the ministry, people said it can not happen. One night, 7th March, they struck.”

Watch the video and the rest of what he said after the cut…

Police Arrest Youths For Tearing First Lady’s Posters

Men believed to be aggrieved youths of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) interrupted a Benin rally hosted by Patience Jonathan yesterday when they tore down posters bearing the First Lady’s face.

The incident, which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, took place when the men allegedly climbed a fence where the banners were placed and proceeded to tear them in time for the First Lady’s arrival.

Policemen and youths wearing t-shirts bearing the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria logo accosted the suspects and swiftly whisked them away in a police vehicle.

Chris Nehikare, PR Secretary for the ruling party, suspects that the vandals may belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Nehikare added that a thorough investigation would be conducted into the matter.

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Patience Jonathan Avoids North Over Hate Speeches

Patience Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, who is campaigning for the re-election of her husband, has avoided the northern part of the country following her hate speeches against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Instead of the First Lady leading the campaign team, wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo, has been having a huge task standing in for Patience Jonathan.

Patience was absent in Minna, Niger State  capital and Adamawa State during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, campaigns recently.

PDP stalwarts in the north are worried about Patience and Femi-Fanikayode’s hate campaigns and the possible backlash in the north is what Patience is trying to avoid.

Jibrin Aminu, a stalwart of the PDP was quoted as saying: “I think we have a problem, some issues to clear up as fast it we could. We had Fani-Kayode to contend with over hate speeches and advertorials, and recently the First Lady who described the opposition presidential aspirant as ‘brain dead’ to worry about. And as party faithful, we deem it necessary not to allow her go to the north for the rallies, you don’t know what will happen.”

According to Aminu, the First Lady never got it good going by the way she has presented herself and as me and you know, the northerners, even if they are in PDP or the APC, won’t take insults on their kingmakers, leaders or revered gentlemen and it is a good thing she doesn’t come here as there are people ready to start the stoning from here.”

Patience Jonathan

Hate speeches by the First Lady, Femi Fani-Kayode and Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State have further divided the party. This has led to the PDP begging its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu not to quit the party, as northern PDP members are no longer comfortable with the way the trio are going about their attack on Buhari.

Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, had challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to  denounce what he called “hate speeches” by his wife, Patience and others that could lead to violence ahead of the elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11.

Fashola made the statement during a courtesy visit by the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, at the Lagos House, Marina to seek the governor’s support on the need to avoid violence and ensure free and fair contest in the forthcoming elections.

The governor lamented that the ‘hate Speeches’ made in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidates had created panic in the country, saying “People are leaving the country out of fear.”

Emirs and chiefs, after a one-day emergency meeting at the old Lugard Hall, Kaduna, also called on politicians, and elder statesmen to desist from making inflammatory statements that could jeopardise the nation’s democracy.

Under the aegis of the Northern Traditional Council, the royal fathers, in a communique, signed by the Estu-Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, on behalf of the Chairman of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, expressed concern over the escalating tension before the general elections.

Because of the persistent hate speeches, the All Progressive Congress’ (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation reported Patience Jonathan to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The First Lady while campaigning recently for President Goodluck Jonathan in Calabar, told PDP supporters to stone anyone campaigning for change in the state. As a result, APC campaign organisation wrote a letter of complaint to the ICC, signed by its Director-General, Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

However, Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, said that Patience will not appear before ICC.

Once Upon A First Lady By Ololade Ajekigbe

We have had different kinds of First ladies in Nigeria, but none quite like the current one – our dear Dame Patience Faka Jonathan. In a country currently on the verge of an epoch making event come March 28th, 2015. the polity is experiencing all sorts, with various actors in the mold of protagonists and antagonists. Throw the First Lady into this mix and the plot is thickens further. Lately, Mrs Jonathan has been very vocal, taking no prisoners in a bid to ensure her husband’s reelection. On one hand, what man doesn’t pray for a “ride-or-die” wife by his side, a woman who would go through thick and thin with him and staunchly defend him whenever the need arises? But on the other hand, what respectable man (especially when he is the president of the most populous black nation in the world) wouldn’t cringe at the regular tactless utterances that his wife continues to make on international television?

You have to love Nigeria! God has indeed blessed us with everything that the human mind can fathom and even beyond! From vast natural resources to an array of brilliant and smart youths who can decide to use their innate ability to innovate or create a life changing product or simply engage in Advance Fee Fraud aka 419 in order to make ends meet. From the rich, eclectic variations in tribes and tongues to the lying and thieving political class, and as if that is not enough, we are “blessed” with a First lady who is generally perceived as the Comedienne-In-Chief of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria due to a natural ability to provide a good dose of comic relief every now and then. However, it appears that Mrs Jonathan has decided to take things up a notch (perhaps out of a need to be taken more seriously and earn proper recognition from all and sundry in the light of the super charged political atmosphere at the moment) and has therefore sublimely metamorphosed into a rather mild version of “Zelda” in Terrahawks, of the 1980’s British science fiction series fame. Mama Peace has her sword drawn. She isn’t playing games!
Dame Patience Jonathan is not new to controversy. As far back as year 2006 when her husband was the governor of Bayelsa State, she faced money laundering charges. Her constant battles with the governor of her home state Rotimi Amaechi cannot be forgotten anytime soon. To crown it all, she has gone into full blast mode these past few weeks; describing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “Brain dead”, discountenancing the entire people from the Northern part of the country as irresponsible lots who bear more children than they can cater for only to end up throwing them on the streets. And finally, in her latest onslaught and most recent verbose attack on the opposition, during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Women Campaign in Calabar, Cross River State, Mrs Jonathan said ” I am telling you, anyone that comes and tell you change, stone that person…”  clearly inciting violence against the APC which has “Change” has its slogan. Don’t you just love Mama Peace? In fairness to her, she can be accused of anything but being boring. She certainly keeps things interesting!
On a serious note, it is really sad to see the First Lady of a country like Nigeria, who also doubles as the President of the African First Ladies Mission conduct herself in a manner that even commoners abhor. If it were only the grammatical blunders of Mrs Jonathan that Nigerians had to contend with, we would have grudgingly accepted it as our lot. After all, some argue that that English is not our first language and so the First Lady should be left alone to speak as she can. But, this is an entirely different ball game! How do we handle a meddlesome and cantankerous woman who dabbles into matters that do not concern her? What example is Mrs Jonathan setting for other women as the supposed mother of the nation? It is one of the reasons why some are of the school of thought that the Office of the First Lady should be scrapped, after all it is a creation of the political class and not the law. In case anyone forgot, the Office of the First Lady is unconstitutional.
I believe someone urgently needs to call the First Lady to order. Already, she may be in trouble as the APC Campaign Organisation has lodged a formal complaint against her to the International Criminal Court(ICC) over her “stoning statement.” Patience Jonathan ought to learn from the current travails of the former First Lady of Cote d’ Ivoire, Simone Gbagbo who has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Ivorian Court for her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections in her country, and could still face up to 20 years to life imprisonment if found guilty at the ICC. As much as the average Nigerian may find the First Lady’s statements far less than amusing, I doubt if many want her behind bars as a result of a flippant remark. Mrs Jonathan should endeavor to emulate the poise and finesse of previous First Ladies like Mrs Maryam Babangida, Justice Fati Abubakar and Mrs Stella Obasanjo who brought respect to the Office of the First Lady and quit embarrassing Nigerians in the international community.

Views expressed are solely that of authors and has no association with nor its associates

Patience Jonathan Won’t Appear Before ICC -PDP

The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation  has said wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, will not appear before the International Criminal Court. It said there was no basis for her to be reported to the internal court in the first place.
Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. Fani-Kayode was reacting to the claim by the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, that it had reported the First Lady to the ICC.
Patience was reported to have told supporters of the PDP at its rally in Cross Rivers State to stone anyone canvassing for change in the state.
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PDP Blasts APC for Dragging First Lady to ICC

The Peoples Democratic Party has slammed the All Progressives Congress for dragging the First Lady, Patience Jonathan to the International Criminal Court. The party noted that there was no basis for her to be reported to the international court in the first place.

Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, said the First Lady will not appear before the court.

He described Patience as a woman of peace, adding that her speech didn’t propel anyone to take to violence.

Patience Jonathan was reported to have told supporters of the PDP at a rally in Cross River State to stone anyone canvassing for change, which is the slogan of APC.

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Open Letter to Patience Jonathan By Almajiri

Dear Madam First Lady: I Lack The Patience To Wait For Good Luck!

I am almajiri because I am from the North and one of the products of the Polygamous family, if you “hate” me, you don’t have to wait to a moment that your husband needs my vote before you come with your pretense.


I knew long ago that the killings in my region were allowed to be because, you don’t like my face. So, hold it, you don’t have to tell anyone to “stone” me because of my political party affiliation, you can use the soldiers to continue to kill me when they come to polling units, on the basis that “Nigeria’s economy is in your pocket”.

You are intoxicated not from the amount of beer your husband drinks, but for the power that you are enjoying.

Painfully, for all your utterances recently, you have killed your husband politically.


Almajiri (?#?myvotemyright)


Patience Ebele Jonathan The First Lady Who Tested Negative To Common Sense By Adava Festus O

Its not every time the First lady of a country like ours makes the news for the wrong reasons, but then it becomes
something of interest when making news for the wrong reasons becomes the norm,rather than the anomaly, when
making the headlines for being a constant nuisance becomes the status quo, then we must take a more cursory look as to why our “humble” president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been making the wrong decisions or making none that has any effect on the political situation of our country, Enter the first PATIENCE GOODLUCK JONATHAN a.k.a Mama peace, Patience Jonathan outward looks, demeanor and mien may come to anyone as a gentle, cool, easy going and highly intelligent woman UNTIL SHE SPEAKS, and No! I am not talking about his now-famed “diaris God” utterances or her constant destruction and maiming of the English language, which we have gotten used to allowed to slide, just because “its not our language”, even as we tend to act like its not our lingua franca,
but since majority of her “defendants” sees her poverty at constructing a simple sentence in english without having to make it look like a rocket science as an extenuating circumstance,which is forgivable,as we have been coerced to
accept it, even for a first lady of the most populous country in W.Africa, I won’t waste my ink ot it.
The major reason that brings about this write-up Is her latest outburst where she said publicly, in her own words that “anyone who say change in front of you, stone am”, which literally translates to raising hell against anyone from the opposition party,and in the deeper sense of it, Stoking a fire and inciting violence because an opposition who’s tired of seeing the country teethering towards the brink of perdition dares preaches Change! Which begets a few question which I personally don’t expect her to have the required education to have an answer to, Really Madam First Lady? Does she know what democracy entails? Does she know anything about the presence and tolerance of opposition as sine qua non to a functioning democracy? Why on God’s green earth would the First lady of the giant of Africa make such a huge gaffe,in this century? Why do the people who makes the least of sense seems to always talk more? The same first lady who went to tussle with a sitting governor of her state, yanked off a microphone from him and gave him a verbal dressing down like teacher to a recalcitrant student , got a government employment without any experience, managerial or administrative acumen in any known fields of human endeavours, same woman called out Nobel Laureate, prof. Wole Soyinka,said so many unprintable things to a Man who’s been winning accolades and making her mark in literature years before her husband would dream of leading this country, is the same woman who after been first lady for about 6 years, without a notable achievement to her name except leading a group of women to meet their untimely death in a car crash (RIP to the dead),couldn’t find a better way to campaign for her husband other than inciting violence with such classless, crass, blood-thirsty and gutter comment, As if we haven’t become inundated so much we have become inured to constant comments with no sensible addition to our growth from the presidents hatchet-men, From Doyin Okupe, to Fani-Kayode, and Reno-Omokri and others, why should the
first lady,in his hallowed chambers of overriding illiteracy make such a sensitive comment at this period in time? What a wealthy disgrace! We have seen Late Stella Obasanjo Child Trust Care in OBJ’s regime, Campaign Against
Female Genital Mutilation and on 6 February 2003, she declared the day the International Day of Zero Tolerance
to Female Genital Mutilation. we have seen WOTCLEF from Mrs Titi Abubakar who fought against Woman Traffikking and using the girl child as sex object and the likes, its not the case with our present First lady, if she’s not making headlines for her ridiculous dictions, she’s somewhere causing a ruckus for reckless comments and she had the temerity to describe a presidential candidate as brain dead? How ironic! , we have seen the first lady of the USA, Michelle Obama who is a seasoned attorney give timeless speeches like a veteran MC makes a classic project that makes you marvel at her thoughts,reasoning, intelligence and the class that follows suit, its not the case with our “Mama Peace” who doesn’t seem to have an idea the kind of highly exalted position she is, and we really need to be honest here, We as nigerians don’t care how good she is in the kitchen at the Ofe-Nsala or Edikang-Ikong soup, what we ask of her is to at least carry herself and her office as the number one woman in nigeria with class, value and prestige, For Nigeria to move forward, we don’t only need to pray for a good Commander -In-Chief, but for a better first lady than this overbloated bunkum of disgrace masquerading as first lady who would never let a day pass without putting us on the big screen for every wrong reasons available, because no matter how much advice a special adviser gives to the head of the nation, the woman who he goes to bed with can make or mar whatever he ends up on deciding to do, When the President said he sometimes gets bad or contradictory information & advice, you must start to ask if he’s talking about his wife.” You can’t have the likes of Doyin Okupe, Reuben Abati and Reno-Omokri giving you advice in the day and then have PEJ doing that night! Lordy! That should not even be legal, so what now happens when such woman is a Patience who adds no value whatsover?

Adava Festus O. Follow him on twitter @datcapitan

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Fani-Kayode Backs First Lady Over Comment On Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation has commended the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for describing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari as “brain-dead.”

Mrs. Jonathan had on Wednesday at the PDP Women Presidential Campaign Rally in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, stated that Buhari’s brain was dead.

“Wetin him (Buhari) dey find again? Him dey drag with him pickin mate. Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata,” she said in pidgin English.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode, in a response to the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation on Thursday in Abuja, said, “The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was absolutely right.”

“To say that General Buhari is ”brain dead” is an understatement and to suggest that he is suffering from dementia is nothing new.

“The First Lady has spoken in a courageous and forthright manner and, most important of all, she has spoken the bitter truth. Instead of crying like little brats and complaining, the APC and the Buhari Campaign Organisation should live with that bitter truth and leave her alone.

“She has every right to express herself in any way that she deems fit and she is entitled to her opinion. This is especially so given the fact that her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, is in the presidential race”.

Lamenting Buhari’s alleged disdain for women, Fani-Kayode noted that “This is a man that said that he would scrap the office of the First Lady if he is elected President.

“If he is not ready to face public scrutiny and criticism for his often times irresponsible, retrogressive, nonsensical and asinine views, he should quit the presidential race and consider retiring from politics.

Patience Jonathan Is a Disgrace to Nigeria- APC

The APCPCO said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that it is not only insulting for Mrs Jonathan to describe the presidential candidate of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari as “brain-dead” it is also demeaning of her status as the First Lady.

Consequently, President Jonathan is urged to call his wife to order, according to the statement signed by Director of Media and Publicity of APCPCO, Mallam Garba Shehu. Shehu observed that it was discourteous and inexcusable for a wife of any president with a modicum of decency to make such a false and infantile pronouncement about the health status of another man on account of politics.

The APCPCO recalls that in recent time, Mrs Jonathan has made statements invoking violence like she did in Calabar over the weekend when she urged PDP supporters to “stone” all those canvassing for change.

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Buhari’s Brain Is Dead Patapata, Says Patience Jonathan

Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan, has appealed to Nigerian women to vote en masse for the PDP during the forthcoming presidential election because the brain of Muhammadu Buhari is dead.

Speaking on Tuesday during the PDP women presidential campaign rally in Kogi state, she described Buhari as unfit to be the country’s president. “Wetin him dey find again? Him dey drag with him pikin mate,” she said in pidgin English. “Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata.”

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My Husband Is The Best Thing That Happened To Nigeria, Says Dame Patience

First lady of the Democratic Republic of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, has claimed that her husband, the president, has done so much than any other administration in the 100 years of the existence of Nigeria.

Speaking in an extended meeting with the women at at the Presidential Villa, she said, “Let me remind you of the need to take advantage of this extension to intensify our campaigns in order that we realize our resolve to vote for the re-election of President Jonathan and his inauguration come May 29, 2015.

“Let us work harder and mobilize the people in our various states and communities to vote for the PDP candidates at all levels of the elections.We will continue to discuss and chart the way forward towards ensuring the success of PDP candidates in the March 28 and April 11, 2015, elections,” she said.


I Didn’t Loot NDDC Funds – Patience Jonathan

Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday denied a media report that she was paid N3billion by the Niger Delta Development Commission to facilitate the agency’s 2015 Budget.

The report had claimed that apart from the sum, Mrs. Jonathan collaborated with a former Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, in a number of schemes that enabled them loot the resources of the NDDC.

But the President’s wife, in a statement by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, described the report as hoax.

Adewuyi further said the report was aimed at misleading unsuspecting members of the public and recruit them into their hate campaign against Mrs. Jonathan.

He added that the step was meant to again portray her as an overbearing and intrusive woman against her well known passion for peace and advancement of the cause of women and children in Nigeria.

The statement read, “Nigerians are very conversant with the workings of the National Assembly regarding passage of Budgets.

“Parliamentary process requires that the Appropriation Bill goes through first reading, second reading and third reading and subsequent harmonisation by the two chambers.

“One then wonders at which level of this process the First Lady influenced the passage of NDDC Budget that warranted her being paid N3billion for the alleged ‘Consultancy.’

“Therefore, it will be impossible for one single person to influence its passage or is the author trying to indict our lawmakers?

“The report is therefore, to say the least, dubious, diversionary, unfair, unkind, and totally unacceptable. Dame Patience Jonathan did no such thing.”

Patience Jonathan Urges Women To Vote For Her Husband

Nigeria’s First Lady Patience Jonathan urged women of the country to come out en masse and vote for Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential elections.

Dame Patience, who was receiving an award from the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) in Abuja, stressed that her husband had done a lot for women throughout his tenure.

According to the First Lady, by introducing numerous females in his administration, GEJ had done his part by giving them voice. Now it was their part to choose him in the next year’s polls.


I Am Not A Politician, I Can’t Anoint Any Political Aspirant – Dame Patience Jonathan

First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Tuesday denied the media speculations that she was imposing governorship candidates on some states ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Mrs. Jonathan said she had no right to anoint any aspirant because she was neither a politician nor a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Don’t Lose Hope, We Will Bring Back Our Girls – Patience Jonathan

The First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, yesterday urged Nigerians to remain prayerful as efforts to rescue the Chibok girls are yeilding positive results.

Mama Peace, as she’ s fondly called noted thay the Federal Government was working to ensure their safe release of the girls who have been held hostage over 181 days.

Mrs. Jonathan gave this message of hope in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where she opened the State secretariat of Women for Change and Development Initiative and distributed empowerment materials to women from 33 council areas and 17 Non-Governmental Organisations.

She called for prayers for the abducted girls and urged parents to focus on child training and good moral, saying that security should not be left to the government alone.

“One way we have tried to impart on the lives of women is by championing the representation of women, especially the 35 per cent affirmation action in respect of women representation in governance.

“It will interest you to know that the Women for Change and Development Initiative has collaborated with many organisations and spirited individuals in the discharge of its role in line with the transformation agenda of the current administration.