By Jimitota Onoyume,
PORT HARCOURT—Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, has described as juvenile, reports that she compromised her loyalty to All Progressives Congress, APC, when she accompanied the Senate delegation to Niger Delta on a courtesy visit to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State at Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Semenitari, through her media aide, Mr Bekee Anyalewechi, said that it was unfortunate that some persons could give such interpretation to a genuine, open and official assignment she undertook to the Government House, adding that she only performed a role as chief host to the lawmakers who were on a visit to the state.
According to her, protocol demanded that the lawmakers visited the governor, adding that as a good chief host, it was proper she led them to the governor.
Anyalewechi said: “As per the claim that Semenitari’s presence at Government House compromised her cordial membership of APC, it is tantamount to saying that because Governor Wike held his recent thanksgiving service in a church, he has become a cleric.
“We state categorically that Semenitari remains a chieftain and loyal member of APC. By her current official portfolio, she is the mother of the nine focal states of NDDC. She understands the delineation between partisan politics and public service.”