All Progressives Congress (APC) has finalized plans to report Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan to the nternational Criminal Court (ICC). A letter to that effect, written on behalf of the APC campaign organization and signed by its Director-General and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, will reportedly be delivered to the ICC today, March 9.
The opposition party is reporting Mrs Jonathan due to some inciting comments attributed to her. The First Lady was caught on film urging her supporters to stone members of the APC.
“Change, as the entire country knows by now, is the slogan of the APC – the rallying cry of a political party that wishes to bring hope of greater and better things to come for Nigeria and Nigerians. By her statement, Mrs. Jonathan was clearly calling on the PDP supporters in Calabar to attack supporters and campaigners of the APC in the state,” the party said via a statement.
“Mrs. Jonathan does not occupy any formal office in the Nigerian government as the position of the First Lady is not recognized by the Nigerian constitution. But Mrs. Gbagbo’s case shows the ICC’s awareness of how someone beyond formal governmental and military hierarchies can be identified as responsible for serious international crimes,” the party added comparing Mrs. Jonathan to Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former President of Cote d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, who was indicted by the ICC for plotting against her husband’s opponents.