Dame Patience Jonathan reacts to alleged N3b bribe from NNDC

February 3, 2015 1:38 pm

The Nigerian First Lady, has debunked media report alleging that she
was paid N3 billion by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
for facilitating the 2015 Budget of the commission.

According to the report, Mrs Jonathan collaborated with former Minister
of State for Education, Nyesom Wike in a number of schemes that enable
them loot the the NDDC dry.

But refuting the report, the First Lady in a statement by her media
assistant, Mr. Ayo Adewuyi described the report as a hoax by the
opposition targeted at misleading and recruiting unsuspecting Nigerians
to portray her overbearing and meddlesome.

Adewuyi noted that the said report is “dubious, diversionary, unfair,
unkind, and therefore totally unacceptable” because Dame Patience “did
no such thing”.

The statement reads in part:
“We make bold to say that the piece is nothing but a hoax, aimed at
misleading unsuspecting members of the public, recruit them into their
hate campaign against the First Lady and to again portray Dame Patience
Jonathan as an overbearing and intrusive woman against her well known
passion for peace and advancement of the course of women and children in
.

“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 harmonization 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 3
billion Naira 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 law makers?”

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