Happy birthday Madam Speaker, indeed!
Mrs. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, the 54 -year old hairdresser turned Speaker of Nigeria’s lower House of Assembly is set to celebrate her birthday in style tonight in Bowie, Maryland. The event which was shifted from Thursday till later tonight will commence at 6 P.M at a huge garden of a mansion belonging to a family member in Bowie, Maryland barring last minute change of mind.
This grand event will involve several members of the lower house of representatives who have already relocated to the US for the purpose of the party. The birthday bash is expected to cost Nigerian taxpayers close to $90,000 according to sources in the know of the magnitude of preparations for the event.
Saharareporters could not confirm the exact location of the event as the time of going to press, but our sources said there are already 12 aides to the Speaker on ground to assist her with chaperoning guests around the huge mansion where the event will be taking place in Maryland. These include her Chief of Staff, Special Adviser on Special Duties and the Special Assistant on Media amongst others.
The latest development puts a lie to the press statements issued yesterday by other leaders of the lower house that the 54 year old speaker was currently in the US for medical checkup. There is no truth in that assertion. The speaker arrived to the US on Wednesday evening on a flight from London in preparation for the big bash.
The event is wholly planned by the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Honorable Festus Adegoke. The lawmaker who is almost ten years younger than the Speaker, is known to have dated the speaker for close to four years. They are both married with two kids according to their profile on the website of the National Assembly.