Dame Patience Urges Cross River Women To Support Jonathan

Dame Patience JonathanIn continuation of the nationwide campaign by the People’s Democratic Party, Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has said that the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan remains the only genuine one that can foster the speedy development of the country judging by his track records even in the midst of challenges.

According to her, no administration in the history of the country has also impacted on the lives of women both nationally and internationally.

A gesture which according to her deserves accolade.

The President’s wife was speaking at the 6,000 seating capacity ultra-modern Township Stadium at Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State in a nationwide women rally to solicit votes for her husband ahead of next month’s election.

Party supporters from across the 18 local government of Cross River State, wives of Cross River and Akwa Ibom State governors, Obioma Liyel-Imoke, Ekaette Godswill Akpabio, political appointees, aspirants, as well as the host governor Liyel Imoke gathered at the venue to welcome the First Lady.

Following the commissioning, PDP Party stalwarts took turns to highlight President Jonathan’s achievement during his first tenure in office which sprang through all facet of the economy

Addressing the gathering, the President’s wife enjoined all Nigerian women and eligible voters not to be cajoled by those who claim to be agents of change because when they were in office, they did not implement the change they are now canvassing for.

Organisers Don’t Need Police Permit To Hold Save Rivers Rally – Suraj

Anti-corruption activist and public affairs analyst, Olanrewaju Suraj on Monday described the disruption of the Save Rivers Movement Rally in Rivers State, as an ‘unconstitutional act’ encouraged by the Goodluck Jonathan led administration, adding that organisers did not need the permission of the police to hold a peaceful rally.

“There’s nowhere in Nigeria where you need to obtain a permit to hold a rally” as “it was the decision of a competent Court of Appeal in Nigeria that the demand for police permit to hold a rally is illegal and a violation of the Constitution,” Suraj said, adding that the issue of a permit was a ploy by the Police to hoodwink Nigerians.

Speaking on Channels Television’s flagship programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Suraj stressed that the disruption of the event, ordered by the State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, was against the law as organisers had the right to associate as stated in the Nigerian Constitution.

He also said that the organisers did not need to obtain a permit from the Police before staging the rally as stated by Mr Mbu who claimed that the rally was political in nature.

“It tells us how much the law enforcement agents are either ignorant of the law or consciously violating the laws of the lands in a bid to protect and promote a certain interest within the system at the expense of the country,” Mr Suraj said.

A fresh spate of crisis drew nationwide attention on Sunday when men of the Rivers State Police Command at about 5.30am on Sunday, stormed the Rivers State College of Arts and Science in Rumuola, venue of the proposed Save Rivers Movement (Rally) scheduled to hold at 1 PM.

The Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, had also been labelled partisan by critics who claimed he was working against the Governor Chibuike Amaechi administration, as a result of his allegiance to the President and First Lady of the country.

Several citizens including Senator Magnus Abe sustained different degrees of injuries during the raid.

In reaction to this, Mr Suraj warned that the “disintegration of this country is likely to start from Rivers State and not the Boko Haram.”