President Goodluck Jonathan has admitted criticisms by Governor Rotimi
Amaechi that his government has not done much for the people of Rivers
State and Bayelsa State, the two states that made him.
But Jonathan this was so because he did not want to be seen as an ethnic
leader. Hence, his resolve to ensure the equitable distribution of
resources across the country.
Jonathan, who spoke during the PDP presidential rally at the Adokiye
Amiesimaka Stadium in Igwuruta-Ali in Rivers State, however, promised to
develop the South-South region if elected for a second term.
The President was reacting to the criticism by Amaechi, who is also the
DG of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation,
that he had not done anything for Rivers and Bayelsa states.
Describing Amaechi’s many criticism as a challenge, Jonathan admitted
that though he had not allocated more development to his people, the
situation will change if the people of Rivers State vote for him.
He said he would do “something” for the South-South states if he is re-elected.
The President said, “What I want to tell you and the rest of the country
is that the director-general of the APC presidential campaign
organisation, when he was in Yenagoa and when he was in Port Harcourt,
mentioned clearly that the President had done nothing for the two
“Don’t worry. It is good news because people are saying that I
concentrated development in the South-South. Bayelsa State was part of
Rivers State. Then, if I don’t concentrate development in this state,
that means there has not been development in Rivers and Bayelsa states.
“The DG (Amaechi) is telling Nigerians that I have not done this. That
means that I am a transparent person. I did not allocate positions to my
people. The DG would have been the very first person to expose me to
the rest of the world; not just Nigeria. He would have taken me to
America, to South Africa, to France, to UK, but that shows clearly that
we mean well for this country.”