Tuesday, March 10, 2015

First Lady Patience Jonathan Denies Trying To Incite Violence With Campaign Speeches

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The Nigerian first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, popularly known as Mama Peace, has denied APC's allegations against her, which accused her of making inflammatory statements that could potentially incite electoral violence during a various campaign rally speeches she made in various cities in south-south Nigeria.

Specifically, the party had threatened to report her to the International Criminal Court for allegedly asking supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party to stone anyone canvassing for change, the APC slogan, during a campaign rally in Calabar, Cross River State. In a related open letter, read here, Dele Momodu, an APC member, had called on the first lady to apologize and retract that and other inciteful comments.

Patience Jonathan who spoke with Punch through her media aide, Ayo Adewuyi, denied any intentions to incite violence around the elections. Adewuyi said,

“The only thing we can say from here is that Dame Patience Jonathan is a woman of peace that can never in any way be identified with violence before, during and after elections. You do not expect somebody who is the President of African First Ladies to be promoting violence.”

When asked whether the President’s wife would be ready to answer any inquiry from the ICC on the matter, Adewuyi simply said,

“They are just notifying. The case is not yet in ICC. They are entitled to their opinions and actions. We are not going to be dragged into any argument with them.”

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