Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in next month’s general elections, Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, Rivers State, said he refused to develop the south- south region, where he hails from, for the good of the country.
Jonathan at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Ikwerre, said the region will enjoy more dividends of democracy, if he is re-elected.
Reacting to the criticism by Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers State Governor and the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, (APCPCO), where he said that 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 out that, he accepted Amaechi’s challenge, but would develop the region, when he is re-elected.
The president was quoted by THE PUNCH to have said: “What I want to tell you and the rest of the country is that the director-general of APCPCO, when he was in Yenagoa and 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. If I don’t concentrate development in this state. That means there has not been development in Rivers and Bayelsa states,’’ Jonathan added.