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President’s wife resigns as perm sec in Bayelsa

The wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, has resigned her appointment as permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service.Governor Henry Seriake Dickson had in July 2012 appointed Mrs Jonathan as one of the 17 new permanent secretaries in the state civil service.

According to investigations, 57-year-old Patience Jonathan was said to have left the service voluntarily.

A source in the state Ministry of Education who pleaded anonymity said Mrs Jonathan in her letter of resignation opted for voluntary retirement.

The source said the ministry had computed and finalised her terminal benefit, saying it was ready for payment.

A senior official of the ministry also confirmed the development but downplayed political reasons for her resignation.

He said: “I can say Dame Patience Jonathan has voluntarily retired. But whether there is political undertone in her resignation, I cannot say.”

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