Nigeria’s First Lady Dame Patience, Resigns Appointment As “Super” Permanent Secretary In Bayelsa State Civil Service. The First Lady, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, has resigned her appointment as a “Super” Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service. It was gathered that the resignation was following a final breakdown in relationship between the First Lady and the Governor of the state, Mr. Seriake Dickson.Patience Jonathan was said to have taken the action to register her displeasure at the governor’s “leadership style” and to give her the morale grounds to confront Dickson ahead of 2015 and 2016 elections. Dickson had in July 2012, five months after his inauguration, allegedly overstepped moral bounds to appoint Patience Jonathan, as one of the 17 new permanent secretaries in the state civil service. Dickson said the appointment of the First Lady as a permanent secretary was based on the power conferred on him by Section 203 of the constitution. He further said it was in recognition of her services to the state and nation adding that she was a directorate level officer in the civil service. Her appointment was, however, greeted with outrage by Nigerians who accused the governor of arbitrary use of constitutional powers. Civil society groups, human rights activists and other concerned individuals rose up to condemn the development and appealed to the First Lady to reject the appointment. Instead of turning down the offer, the First Lady travelled to Yenagoa on July 21 to be sworn-in as a permanent secretary alongside others at the Government House Banquet Hall. Dickson was said to have taken the tough decision to pacify the woman, attain some political mileage and warm himself into the heart of Patience Jonathan.
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