President Goodluck Jonathan is concentrating most of the development projects in the South-South to the detriment of other zones and giving lucrative contracts to militants, a northern governor has alleged.
Five northern governors recently took it upon themselves to carry out consultations with former Nigerian leaders and stakeholders in a bid to resolve what they see as a crisis within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that is capable of destroying the party with attendant effects for the country.
The governors are Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto).
However, according to a PUNCH report, one of the governors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, made this allegation and cited it as one of the reasons they paid visits to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta as well as Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar in Minna.
The governor said, “We have said it several times that everything is tilted towards the South-South. It is not a question of Kano, Niger, Sokoto or Adamawa or just the North.
“Everything is tilted towards the South-South, appointments, contracts are given to militants; the issue is beyond just Kano.
“The South-West, North-West, North-East, North-Central have all been marginalised. Only last week, they approved a contract of N4bn for the expansion of the Onne Port in Rivers State with just about N1bn to the power plant in Jebba.
“If you consider all the major ongoing projects in Nigeria today, they are based in the South-South.
“We are talking about the marginalisation of a greater portion of Nigeria; we are talking of injustice and unfairness.
“It is about saving democracy. In any case, what is the business of Rivers with any of these issues? What we are concerned about is the consequences of what is happening in Rivers on democracy”, he stated.