Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan had in recent times shown how much he hates the state and its peole, for no just cause.
“When Ebola broke out, to show you how much the President hates us, he visited Lagos. Did he visit us? He did not care. He wanted all of us to die. And I took it as a challenge and say none of us will die. I brought out money,” said Amaechi at a rally to celebrate the seventh anniversary of his Supreme Court victory at the Amesiemaka Stadium in Ikwerre local government area of the state.
He continued: “It took the President at the end of Ebola to give us ordinary 200 million naira. I released one billion, one hundred and six million naira to fight Ebola. See our airport. The President lands there. We are like refugees,” he said.
Giving further reasons to back up his allegation that Jonathan hates Rivers, Amaechi said the president once frustrated his administration’s effort to give Rivers people potable water.
“We were to give Port Harcourt water. As I am talking to you, the Minister of Finance has refused to move the file back to the executive council for approval so that you can have water,” he said, adding that the president also took some oil wells belonging to Rivers.
“They said the reason the President is not performing in Rivers is because he is quarrelling with the governor. Okay, what is the quarrel with the governor of Cross River and Akwa Ibom that the road to Cross River is abandoned? Are they quarrelling too? It is more of lack of performance.”
Amaechi, who spoke to his supporters at the 40,000 capacity stadium said he had passed his popularity test.
“Today I decided to test my popularity. They have made too much noise. The President said we exist in posters and bill boards. So we brought a large bill board for him. If the President is not watching they will give him security report. This stadium is 40,000 sitting capacity, I built it. One of them campaigning for governorship was the contractor to do the road. He abandoned the road and took N3 billion and left. Now he wants to become governor, a thief will not be our governor,” he said.
He challenged the presidency and other members of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) to an integrity test, nothing that corruprion had eaten deep into the country.
“I challenge them to integrity test, any of them, from Abuja to Rivers State, I challenge them to integrity test. I have worked with them. I have their records, they are in the office of the governor. I challenge them to go ahead. The problem we have is that EFCC is no longer working. Corruption is at its industrial scale. Thieves are thieves, we now have an industry called corruption,” Amaechi lamented.
He therefore urged the people of the state to vote wisely in the coming elections.
“They don’t care for you. Punish PDP with your vote,” he said.
Amaechi thanked Justices of the Supreme Court for delivering the judgement that brought him in as governor in 2007.
Dignitaries present at the event include Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso of Kano State, National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Major General Muhamadu Buhari (rtd).