Patience Jonathan Shut Down Bayelsa State

The visit of wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday, paralysed social and commercial activities on the Yenagoa Mbiama Road for many hours.
It was learnt that the traffic congestion was caused by overzealous security operatives, who cordoned off some places with their vans because the President’s wife was in town to distribute empowerment items to some groups in the state.
Commuters and motorists who were trapped in the gridlock created by the visit were seen struggling to make detours.
Those who were frustrated by the long traffic jam disembarked from their vehicles, confused as to what to do next.
A teacher in a school at the Erekpa area of the town, Mr. Preye Goodluck, said the roads had been blocked as early as 10am in anticipation of Patience’s visit.
He said, “As early as 10am, security personnel blocked some roads in the Yenagoa metropolis, particularly the Ovom and Etegwe areas of the capital city.
“Scores of persons who went to the outskirts of the metropolis, such as Igbogene, Agudama and other places, were also affected because they found it extremely difficult to wade through the snarls.
“Many of us who wished to get to other parts of the metropolis had to pass through Isaac Boro Expressway. Even the traffic on the expressway was beginning to build up around 3pm.”
A motorist, Mrs. Stella Honesty, introduced political undertone to the whole scenario, wondering what the President’s wife was coming to give as empowerment items to the people.
She said, “Is it because general elections are around the corner? In fact, if I were some people, I will reject any empowerment. Where was she all this while? Some of us have refused to be deceived by this entire political gimmick.
“Look at the kind of suffering one is going through because she is coming. Must she create tension each time she visits anywhere? I have been trapped in this logjam for a long time for a journey that would not have been more than 30 minutes.”
At the Samson Siasia Stadium at Ovom, Yenagoa venue of the programme, Mrs. Jonathan gave away various gifts and cheques to different groups.
She urged the women to vote en masse for her husband, Jonathan, who recently declared for re-election.
She said the Peoples Democratic Party provided the best platform for women in the country.
She reminded the women that her husband had promised 35 per cent positions for womenfolk in his government if he won the 2015 presidential elections.
Governor Seriake Dickson was not present at the event, though his deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), attended.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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