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Nigeria’s First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan is reportedly unhappy about the decision of the outgoing president to resettle at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, after he hands over to Muhammadu Buhari.



Seriake Dickson, the Bayelsa state governor, and other top government officials will receive Jonathan at the Government House helipad in Yenagoa.

The outgoing president will be hosted to a civic reception at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, before proceeding to his hometown in Otuoke where he will be received by chiefs and his kinsmen.

Jonathan’s Hometown Awaits Goodluck

At the Dame Patience Jonathan Square in Otuoke, a gathering centre for the community, rows of plastic seats settled in a U-shape overlooks an open field that measures 35 by 25 feet.

Women sweep the dusty floors and men add fresh coats of paint on rails and beams.

Some young men outside the square are preparing giant loudspeakers and other musical equipment from a delivery truck.

Bestman Azibola, a member of the Ebele Compound in Otuoke said: “My people are very happy, we want to receive our son, our father, our brother.”
My people are happy because there are some people they died on the seat, they didn’t go back to their people alive.

Jonathan’s Hometown Awaits Goodluck

“And we want to thank God for one more thing again, because he is somebody that is very patient, very humble, at a time we were even thinking that there will be a problem in the country.”

But not everybody is happy about Jonathan’s homecoming.

Belief Egbu, who sells drinks near Jonathan’s home said he was not very glad.

As the path snakes into Otuoke, a small signpost says: ‘Welcome to Otuoke. Home of Goodluck.’

The man story tire people,” Egbu, a local of Abua/Odua local government in Rivers state said, as he wiped off sweat from his brow.

As you are sweating now, suppose as you enter here, fan go blow you well. But no light,” Mr. Egbu said as this reporter sat sweating in his shop.

Jonathan’s Hometown Awaits Goodluck

For two weeks now, no light. They say they are doing the wiring since that time.

“At least double express lane, well sound road supposed to lead here. Nothing.”

The town is not only in darkness, it also lacks drinkable water. A three-year-old water scheme by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources is still under creation.

At the residence of the outgoing president in Otuoke, workers are putting concluding touches to the five buildings in the premises.

On Thursday afternoon, May 28, soldiers detained a journalist from The Punch newspaper for taking pictures of the compound.

While the residents of Otuoke differed on the expected level of infrastructural development in the community, they were agreed in one factor – the peace in the community.

Azibola said that the area had always been a peaceful home for everybody.

He said: “If you watch, two-thirds of the community are strangers. Otuoke is a peace-loving community. We have never recorded a case of fight or war.”

Egbu said that despite his apparent failings, Jonathan’s people would always stand by him.

They may stone him at Yenagoa but not here in Otuoke. No matter what happens, he is one of us,” he added.

Jonathan’s Hometown Awaits Goodluck

Meanwhile, two sources at the presidency in Abuja told Sahara Reporters that Dame Patience has made it clear that she does not want to be a part of her husband pilgrimage back to Bayelsa state.

One of the insiders said: “Dame Patience Jonathan has made it known that she wants to stay in Abuja, not Otuoke or Yenagoa.”

One of the two sources, who is quite close to the outgoing president, said that Jonathan’s post-presidential plans have caused several arguments between the Bayelsa-born president and his wife, who is originally from Rivers state.

He stated: “Patience and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan have been quarrelling over this issue, and Patience has now stubbornly refused to accompany President Jonathan back to Bayelsa.”

The outgoing First Lady reportedly plans to stay put in Abuja as her primary base in order to focus on her real estate business.

Dame Patience developed many choice properties and lands in Abuja during the years her husband served as vice president, acting president, and president.

However, global attention shifts to Eagle Square in Abuja where all is set for the inauguration of Nigeria’s fifth democratically elected president, Muhammadu Buhari.

President Jonathan yesterday, May 28, showed the presidential villa to the president-elect before officially presenting his handover notes to Buhari.


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