Amaechi denies interest in 2015 presidential elections

Rotimi Amaechi, governor of River state

The governor of Rivers State says he will not run for office in 2015.


Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES)-The Governor of Rivers State has stated that he has no plans to vie for elections in 2015 whether as presidential or vice -presidential candidate.

The governor stated this in Port Harcourt on Monday when he held a meeting with journalists.

“I have no intention for 2015,” Mr. Amaechi said, adding that his interest is to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

“I hear there are vehicles having my posters and that of Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido. I did not ask anybody to canvass support for me, I do not know them.

Mr. Amaechi denied reports that he plans to be a running mate to Mr. Lamido in 2015 as candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 presidential elections. Reports say this plan is being hatched by some governors and public officials as a way of maintaining the PDP’s grip on power without losing the support of Northerners who are dissatisfied with President Goodluck Jonathan.

“This is 2012, my job as a governor is already heavy. I have not told anybody I want to run for any position after now,” the Rivers Governor said.

Mr. Amaechi urged residents of the state to be patient with him on the state of some roads in the state capital and its environs.

The governor said he is aware that some roads are bad. He said the contractors had to stop work because of the rains, and promised to fix all the bad roads in the state capital before the end of June, next year.

On the issue of deduction from workers’ salary, Mr. Amaechi said he had directed that the arrears of both the Social Welfare levy and the Contributory Pension be deducted installmentally.

Workers in the employ of the state have decried heavy deductions from their salaries.

“The deductions were genuine, I am only worried because they deducted six months arrears at once and this affected what workers took home.

“We are approaching the festive period, the deductions will stop and we will begin in February, next year.’’

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