Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is refuting claims made by the presidency, that he made derogatory comments about First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan.
You will recall that it was reported that Amaechi said the First Lady was angry with him because of his refusal to illegally share the state’s funds with her.
In response to presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati‘s warning to Amaechi to desist from “political rascality and blackmail,” the Rivers State government has issued the Jonathan administration a warning- “Don’t threaten the governor.”
Speaking on the issue, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Ibim Semenitari stated that:
“I would want to say that the Presidential Spokesman should be careful for the kind of threats he issues to an elected Governor.
He should remember that the President is not a prefect of the governor. He was elected as President just as the Governor was elected as a governor, and Nigeria is a federation.
And please, Abati should know his limits and need not attempt to cross his boundries.
It is a bit strange to hear the kind of comments coming out of the Presidency and this showed that that statement was already prepared before governor Amaechi spoke.
At no point in his speech did Governor Amaechi make any references. His wife was not even discussed because she is not an official of government.
I do not understand where or how Mr. Abati got his story, so we just take it that this is one of those clear indications of rascality with the Presidency trying to call a dog a bad name and hang it”.