Rivers State Governor and Director General of the presidential campaign committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday in Yenagoa, lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan, insisting that he had failed the people of the state.
Amaechi at the rally held in the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa, witnessed by a large crowd of Bayelsans from all works of life, stated that charity should ordinarily begin at home, hence the president should tell the people what he has done for the state in the last six years that he has been president of the country.
He lamented that even the president homestead, Otuoke, lacks power supply, and therefore asked: “If they say it is because the president is quarrelling with the Governor of Rivers State that is why he refused to develop Rivers; is he also quarrelling with Dickson? So, why has he not developed Bayelsa?”
Ameachi said in 2011, Jonathan was voted on brotherly platform, but in 2015, voting would be by merit, even as he indicted the Jonathan-led government of misappropriating state fund to enrich his cronies who are now flying private jets at the expense of developing the entire country.
He regretted that since Jonathan became president, nothing changed in Bayelsa and Rivers States, even as he noted that it could be understood that he has a cold war with the President, but asked if he (the president) is also quarrelling with the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson.
Earlier, former governor of Baylsa State, Timipre Sylva, showed that he was still popular with the people when he was welcomed with a rousing roar by the people.
Although the who is who of Bayelsa State political leadership were visibly absent, the mammoth crowd of mostly youths and women who came to welcome the Muhammadu Buhari campaign train was unexpected given that Bayelsa is the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan.
In his speech, Sylva told the people that a good friend is better than a bad brother and reiterated that political leaders from the North have proven their friendship in the past and are therefore more worthy than a brother who has done nothing for his own people.
Sylva said Bayelsans are known to lead the way against oppression and inept leadership style displayed by the PDP-led government at the centre, even as he noted that having traversed the six geopolitical zones of the country, no other person is more competent to lead Nigeria than Buhari.
The former governor who was presented the APC flag as the party’s candidate for Bayelsa East senatorial seat, urged the people of the state to vote rightly by voting Buhari as president because, he has all it takes to bring prosperity to their doorsteps.
Speaking later, the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, reassured Nigerians that if voted into office, he would proffer solution to the nation’s security and economic challenges that have continued to retard the growth and development of the country.
This, he noted, is the bane of the nation’s growth, hence, this would be his priority when he takes office.
Buhari, who described Bayelsa as the cow that produces the milk, regretted that the state was yearning for development having been neglected by its own son, as situation that has resulted in the pollution of farmlands, source of water and other economic reserves; even as he assured that the pollution in the land would be cleared as soon as he assumes office as president of Nigeria.
The APC presidential candidate said further that under his leadership, agriculture would be revamped to provide jobs for the youths, as well as food security, while capital would be provided for able-bodied young men to enable them become entrepreneurs.
On power, he decried the corruption allegedly inherent in the system despite the
privatisation of the sector by the PDP-led government at the centre, noting that power is a key ingredient for industrialisation.
He posited that corruption would be dealt with, and that anyone who steals from the nation’s coffers would be made to return it, even as he enjoined Bayelsans not to allow PDP to rule a day longer in office.