The Rivers state governor and defacto Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has urged Rivers people and Nigerians to vote out President Goodluck Jonathan and his PDP-led federal government in next year’s election to secure their future.
Amaechi, a member of the opposition APC spoke at the weekend in Degema, the headquarters of Degema Local Government Area of the state after commissioning an 8,000-sitting capacity football stadium complex built by the local government administration.
Amaechi said the PDP has nothing to offer Kalabari people, and one way for the people to regain their lost oil wells and benefit from democratic governance was to vote out the PDP.
Amaechi explained that President Jonathan was taking sides in the Soku oil wells dispute as he narrated the president’s reaction during a meeting with Kalabari Chiefs.
“As President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is not supposed to take sides. The moment he said it is called Oluasiri, he is taking sides and we have no faith in Mr. President returning our oil wells. They have taken the (Soku) oil wells, they are spending the money because they have the Presidency.
“The only way you can get back your oil wells is to vote out Mr. President. The only opportunity you have now is your vote. Vote him out, he is not Rivers, He is from Bayelsa. He has not and will not serve us and I have said here, let Mr. President tell us what he has done for us?” Amaechi quizzed.
He noted with regret that his efforts to build Trans-Kalabari road in the state and reconstruct the Emohua-Abonnema federal road already in deplorable condition was frustrated by President Jonathan.
He therefore called on the people to fight for their rights by using their votes to correct all anomalies by voting out the ruling PDP.
“When I was coming here (to Degema), I saw the Emohua-Abonnema road, it’s becoming bad. When I met the President with Kalabari Chiefs and I told the President: “that road is going very bad, if we don’t intervene now, that road will soon be impassable. Mr. President, that road is a federal road, he said, “he knows”. And I then asked: “Mr. President, can the Rivers State Government reconstruct that road? Because that is the only road by which Kalabari people come out to town’ but Mr. President said no.”
“He told me ‘no’ and said he would do it. It’s over one year now and he has not done it. So what you will do to make sure you have a road next year is to vote out PDP. If Mr President says he is our brother, because I hear Kalabari people say he is our brother, let him do our road, let him return our Soku oil wells.”
“I begged him (President Jonathan) that the federal government is owing Rivers state N105 billion, that he should take N50 billion from there and help me construct Trans-Kalabari road, he said, ‘Amaechi, I will do it’. Three years after, Mr. President has not done it, so he is not a Kalabari man.
“Don’t follow your buccaneer brothers, who want to be governor and because of their personal selfish interests, they want to sell the Kalabari Kingdom. You are the youths, defend your kingdom. Nobody should take away what belongs to you. The Kalabari people are known to fight for their right. They are people who can stand up to any challenge to protect themselves and their people. One way to defend your kingdom is to vote out those who don’t have your interest at heart,” he urged.