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‘Him dey drag with him pikin mate’ – Patience Jonathan Takes Swipe At General Buhari

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Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 took a swipe at the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) general Muhammadu Buhari, saying he is too old to rule the country.

Speaking at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women presidential campaign rally in Kogi State, Dame Jonathan questioned why General Buhari is hell bent on becoming president when he didn’t do much during his first stint as military Head of State.

Speaking in pidgin English, the first lady said: “Wetin him dey find again? Him dey drag with him pikin mate.

“Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata.”

As the cheers became louder, Dame Jonathan began singing thus: “If you vote Buhari, na your prison; if you vote APC, na your wahala”

“What is change? Why did you not change things when you were there? Is it now that you want to be doing the things you weren’t doing before?” she continued

“Jonathan looked at us and said women, I am giving you the position of the chief justice of this country. Okonjo-Iweala is a woman, Diezani is a woman. Seventy percent of his cabinet are women.

“He also gave us the opportunity to start enrolling for the regular combatant course at the NDA (Nigerian Defence Academy).

“He wants continuity because he has vowed to do more.  He places Nigerians in his mind and if he says he will do this, he will do it. So what are we looking for? If we women of Nigeria don’t appreciate Goodluck and we are looking for bus conductor, it is left for us.”


She besought the people to collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs) and vote en masse for the PDP.

In her words: “Remember that your vote is your power and it is good to vote wisely.

“Those of you that do not have PVC should endeavour to collect it because all these things you are doing is meaningless without PVC.

“I thank you very much the people of Kogi. This is time around I came to thank you very well. I brought some gift for you, I brought rice, I brought meat, I brought brocade. I brought many things for you. It is not for election but to thank you very well.”

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