Multiple sources in Rivers state have told NAIJ.com that former Nigerian first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is under pressure to contest for the Rivers East senatorial election in 2019. Mrs Jonathan, 59, is from Okirika in Rivers state and is eligible to contest for elections in the state as well as that of her husband; Bayelsa constitutionally.
One of the source told us that a team of politicians have already started mobilising themselves for the task ahead. Another source who spoke on the rumour confirmed the plans. Asked if the ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the former first lady won't affect her chances, the source said the she is only being persecuted. Popularly called 'Mama Peace', Mrs Jonathan has been neck deep into the politics of Rivers state since the days of Rotimi Amaechi as governor. Political analysts won't be surprised at her entrance into politics as she has always been at the periphery of political movements. Efforts to reach her spokespersons as at the time of this report proved abortive.