President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said he refused to concentrate development in the South-South geopolitical zone because of his resolve to ensure the equitable distribution of resources across the country.
Jonathan, who spoke during the presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Igwuruta-Ali, Ikwerre Local Government of Rivers State, promised to develop his South-South region if elected for a second term in office.
The President was reacting to the criticism by the Rivers State Governor and the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, that he (Jonathan) had not done anything for Rivers and Bayelsa states.
Describing Amaechi’s statement as a challenge, Jonathan admitted that though he had not allocated more development to his people, the situation was an indication that he (Jonathan) meant well for the country.
He pointed that he accepted Amaechi’s challenge, but would do “something” for the South-South states when 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 APC presidential campaign organisation, when he was in Yenagoa and when he was in Port Harcourt, mentioned clearly that the President has done nothing for the two states.
“Don’t worry, it is a 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 meant well for this country.”
PDP governorship candidate in the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, expressed confidence that the party would win the February 2015 presidential and governorship elections.
Calling on the people of the state to vote en-masse for the PDP, Wike, who was formally presented with his party’s flag, criticised Amaechi for his (Amaechi) refusal to approve the application by the state PDP to use the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“I know that a lot of us, when we read some national newspapers, some of us are afraid of what will happen in Rivers State or what will not happen.
“I want to say that today is the 28th of January, 2015, PDP will win Rivers State and win it convincingly. I say it again; today is the 28th of January, 2015, PDP will win Rivers State and win it convincingly,” Wike said