By Imiatota Onoyume
PORT-HARCOURT — President Goodluck Jonathan has promised special attention to Rivers State if re-elected for a second term, saying allegations by Governor Rotimi Amaechi that he neglected the state is reflective of the fact that he had not been sectional in his dealings.
President Jonathan, who spoke before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters just as his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan asked the state to exceed the two million votes it gave her husband to 2.4 million votes.
The President, who spoke while flagging off his presidential campaign in the state, yesterday, reminded people of the state that he was one of them as he traced his association with Port-Harcourt, which he said became his home between the time he left secondary school and became deputy governor of Bayelsa State in 1999.
While assuring that he would leave indelible prints in Bayelsa and Rivers states if elected for a second term, the President said the focus of his administration had been to provide even development for all sections of the country.
“One thing I need to use this platform to say, not for the purpose of Rivers people but for the purpose of the rest of the country is that the Director General, APC presidential campaign organisation (Amaechi) when he was in Yenagoa and when he was in Port Harcourt mentioned clearly that the President had done nothing for these two states.
“Don’t worry, it is a good news because people have been saying that I concentrated development in the South-South. Bayelsa State was a part of Rivers State, and I was a part of this state.”
“So I have been a part and parcel of this state. If I must concentrate development in the South-South that means it must be loaded in Rivers and Bayelsa states. But if the DG (Amaechi) is telling Nigerians that I have done nothing then you should know that I am a transparent person.
“I am not going to comment on development in Rivers and Bayelsa states because this is a part of my area. I can reassure you that just work with us, vote for us on February 14, myself and Sambo, vote for Wike and Ipalibo on February 28, definitely we must leave indelible prints in Rivers State.”