Amaechi Has Challenged Me, Now I Will Act – Jonathan

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 states.
“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.”
Jonathan was from Rivers until Bayelsa was
created in 1996. His wife is from the present
Rivers.

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