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Published On: Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014

Ebonyi: I’ve no hand in candidates selection, says First Lady

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Patience_JonathanBy Lawrence Olaoye

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, yesterday washed off her hands in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi state saying that she had no hands in the selection of candidates in that state.

The First Lady in a statement by her Media Assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, yesterday alleged that some desperate politicians have connived to tarnish her image by roping her into the Ebonyi crisis.

The statement may have been a reaction to a report in a daily quoting an unnamed serving Senator as claiming that he was dumping the PDP because the the First Lady is insisting that the Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Dave Umahi, must be the governorship candidate of the party for the 2015 governorship election.

She said “We consider it absurd that any person will assume that the First Lady would make such a request considering the fact that she has continued to preach for peaceful conduct of all aspirants before, during and after elections, since she believes that peace is prerequisite to a free and fair election and ultimately, development and unity of the country.

“This is another attempt by mischief makers to loop their self-induced political travails around the First Lady, to develop strategy for their survival. Let us state once again, that the First Lady is not an elected official of state, neither is she a party functionary. She therefore recognizes very clearly her place in the scheme of things.

“Let it be known that the First Lady has no hand in the selection of the Party’s candidates in any state and definitely not in Ebonyi. If anything she has continued the gospel of peaceful atmosphere for the conduct of 2015 elections.

“She believes the elections can only be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and the aspirants must be alive to contest and win election. She only preaches peace because she is a mother of peace.” The statement said.

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