The First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan said on Wednesday that the crisis in Rivers State began germinating four years ago in Anyugubiri in Okrika four years ago following moves by the state government to demolish some structures in the town. The First lady said this while receiving 16 bishops from the South-south geo-political zone who paid her a visit in Abuja. She declared that the crisis took a turn for the worse when the PDP’s structure was wrested from loyalists of the Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
The First Lady also claimed she had no hands in the festering crisis in the state, which on Tuesday culminated on an attack by anti-Amaechi protesters in Port Harcourt on four northern governors who came on a solidarity visit to their Rivers State colleague.
Mrs Jonathan said: “Amaechi is my son, I cannot fight him and I cannot kill him. He shouldn’t be used by outsiders against his own blood because this seat is vanity.
“One day, no matter how long it takes, we will leave this seat. Power is not forever. This seat is vanity, others sat here and left so one day, I’ll also leave and we will meet at home; so why should I fight him?
Meanwhile the Rivers State government has raised alarm over what it said were attempts to compromise the security around the State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, saying the Governor’s life is now in danger.