Why I didn’t concentrate development projects on South-South – Jonathan replies Amaechi

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said his failure to concentrate on development in the South-South zone where he hails from was a clear indication that he was a transparent leader.

The president stated this at the presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Wednesday while responding to the claim by Governor Chibuike Amaechi that he (president) had not done anything for the zone since he assumed power at the centre six years ago.

Mr. Amaechi has repeatedly asked the people of the zone not to vote Mr. Jonathan in the February 14 presidential election because of the president’s refusal to site any tangible project in the zone.

He also accused him of deliberate refusal to complete the East-West Road that links all the states in the zone, namely Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River in that order.

At some point, the governor, who is the Director General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, told the party supporters that the “president is not my brother,” because he had not sited any major project in the zone.

Using the occasion of the rally to speak on the matter, Mr. Jonathan, who is the PDP presidential flag bearer, said he agreed with the governor’s claim that he had not done much for the states but attributed it to his desire to be a transparent leader.

“What I want to tell you and the rest of the country is that the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, when he was in Yenagoa and when he was in Port Harcourt, mentioned clearly that the President had done nothing for the two states,” he said.

“Don’t worry. It is good news because people have been saying that I concentrated development in the South-South. Bayelsa State was part of Rivers State. Then, if I don’t concentrate development in this state that means there has not been development in Rivers and Bayelsa States.

“I was a part of this state. When I finished my secondary school I relocated to this state when I started as young custom officer. I attended the UNIPORT, worked in the Ministry of Education and taught in Rivers state College of Education. I move to the then OMPADEC. I was Assistant Director. So I have been a part and parcel of this state.

“The DG (Amaechi) is telling Nigerians that I have not done this. That means that I am a transparent person. I did not allocate positions to my people. The DG would have been the very first person to expose me to the rest of the world; not just Nigeria. He would have taken me to America, to South Africa, to France, to UK, but that shows clearly that we mean well for this country.”

Mr. Jonathan said in the quest to develop Nigeria, every part of the country must be carried along.
He recounted that in the decision to build more federal universities in the country, those states which did not have one were given irrespective of the region they were.

He stated, “In our development, every part of Nigeria must be carried along. You will agree with me that when we looked at the university education, and we insisted that look, the Federal Government must make sure that all Nigerian youths must have opportunity for university education.

“We did not divide North or South; we made sure that all the states that had no federal university got a federal university. I am not going to comment on development in Rivers State and Bayelsa states.”

Mr. Jonathan however assured that if voted into power again, he would do something for the zone.

“Luckily we have been challenged that we have not done anything, we must do something,” he said.

Earlier, the president’s wife, Patience, had told the large crowd of party’s supporters gathered in Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, that River State belonged to the PDP and the party must recover it during the February 14 election.

According to her, it was the PDP members that gave the party the 2.4 million votes it garnered in the 2011 election and not the APC.

“I just come here to thank you,” Mrs. Jonathan, who is an indigene of the state, said. “The 2.4 million votes, it is PDP that voted in Rivers State, not APC. APC has no stake in Rivers State. Rivers State is PDP state and we have to take back our mandate. Are you ready to take back your mandate? Are you ready to vote Goodluck? Are you ready to vote Wike?”

Speaking to the female members of the party, the first lady said they would not fare better in other parties, especially the APC, which according to her wants women to “die.”

She said, “PDP is the only party that gives women attention. PDP is the only party that knows that women are intelligent, honest and frank; PDP is the only party that believes women should not perpetually be in the kitchen.
“PDP gives women position in the executive council. Don’t listen to what APC says. They said they are going to govern us through traditional way; we are not going back to the traditional way. We want the modern way. Vote according to your conscience.”

The governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Nyesom Wike, who received the flag of the party at the rally, recounted how the Rivers State Government planned to stop the party from conducting the rally at the Adokiye Amiesmaka Stadium.

According to him, the government had told the party that the stadium was under renovation and should use the Liberation Stadium because it did not have many supporters. He said he insisted that the party must hold the rally at the Adokiye Amiesmaka Stadium.

Mr. Wike, who was excited at the huge large crowd of supporters that attended the rally, vowed that the PDP would reclaim the state come February 14.


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  • Chris1408

    What development is the president talking about? The glorified primary schools he called universities. Can someone take the bottles away from this man please.

    • tundemash

      The universities are so good he chose to send the amnesty miscreants to universities in South Africa and Ghana instead. He can only f00l the crumb-catchers .

  • Spoken word

    Is Goodluck Jonathan really our president. nigeria has really fallen.quite sad.

  • tundemash

    Mr. Jonathan however assured that if voted into power again, he would do something for the zone.

    “Luckily we have been challenged that we have not done anything, we must do something,” he said.

    So is Amaechi not right, u couldn’t name one thing you did! The good thing though is that not only the people you left at the creek are surfering, almost all nigerians except the few who donated =N=B to your campaign are surfering and would certaily vote you ou ton FeBuhari 14th

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    I wonder if Madam Piss has not just been brewing and serving Mr. Jonothing Sapele Water, but is now actively imbibing same.
    APC happens to have been the only National Party in Nigeria to field a female for a Gubernatorial position; and not just nominating them into token positions as fronts for stealing.

    Worse still, Mr. Jonothing, in his intoxicated and inebriated state is claiming that he did not do anything special for both Bayelsa and River State (his entire zone) because he was “spreading” development evenly.

    Walahi, and this was me thinking because he has not done anything tangible elsewhere, he would have been ding SOMETHING in his backyard zone!

    The man fall my hand again!!

    • Mr Wise

      No be only your hand the guy fall he also fall my hand me don give up on the guy long time .

    • Chris1408

      Dem dey shark Sapele water together na. That’s the only they can see each attractive to themselves

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        lol

    • shegxy

      Dlaw i was thinking exactly the same, at least his handler could have prepared some lies for him to claim some project Gov Amechi executed and claim it just like how they did in kano claiming Gov Kwankwaso´s project to be PDP´s project but because it will be a campaign suicide if he do it he accepted his faith and claim the defeat…shameless jonothing

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        lol

    • Guguru

      Kay,

      LOL. Nice.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      Another indictment on himself!! What was GEJ thinking in 2014 when he gave South-South more than half of the Capital Expenditure while the other five regions shared the the balance?

    • babatope

      Lol.. I reject this guy as my president. I will rather have my mechanic instead of this fake PhD ogogoro man. Thank god I voted Buhari the last time and will vote him again, this time he is our incoming president. Ogogoro man must GO!

  • tundemash

    This was Dumbo in Port-Harcout on February on February 12 2011

    At the launching of his South-South Campaign, he promised to commence “transformational changes” in the South-South; said the NNPC had begun investing in the petrochemical industry in the region; that the people in the region would be given a voice in the oil and gas sector. He promised to make the Niger Delta region the hub of the petrochemical industry in Africa.

    And then 4 yrs later, January 2015, it is still promises in same Port-Harcourt

    “Luckily we have been challenged that we have not done anything, we must do something,” he said.

    • Mr Wise

      How i wish Nigerians could be wise and vote this guy out.Whenever he open his mouth na rubbish dey comot imagine this kind hopeless speach for our zone.In 6 years you could not perform na 4 four you want to perform magic.

  • uche

    The North are very ungrateful, from Agriculture to schools the present Government did alot in those areas in the Northern part of Nigerian, go to Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to NIMASA from NIMASA to Custom from custom to NPA, is all Huasa dominated areas and they are still firting GEJ.

    • Mr Wise

      You just a tribal bigot

      • fab

        Babato wateva n wise/blind. U guys should go back to school if you’ve bn there b4.pls

    • babatope

      Check your brain, which agriculture do u fools talk about? Do u eat the rice produce in ur country with so-called farmers or agriculture? Ode! U will just open ur mouth to say sh*t.

      Go to d market around ur house and bring made in nigeria rice for us to see abi na ur yeye railway u wan talk again.

  • Funso

    But Mr. Jonathan as an Ijaw President, you gave money and license to Tompolo, the Ijaw terrorist to buy SIX WARSHIPS. So what are you talking about? You must be a hypocrite-Mr. Jonathan.

  • Guguru

    Jonathan has just proven to the south south people that he is fill of horse chit

  • hummm

    Geezz, this GEJ is as dumb as a door knob. Who makes such a moronic comment? He didnt develop south south because he didnt develop non south south zone ?. The more reason you should develop your place so that when your arse gets defeated, you will have a comfortable place to stay. I wonder where his ass will end up after next months landslide deafeat.

    • kudirat

      May God have mercy on you for calling your president a dumb. This freedom of speech you people are enjoying will soon put you in spiritual problem. Now I know you don’t even have regards for your parents.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Sir, your presidency is roundly useless, not just in the South-South.

    • kudirat

      What does Amaechi have to offer abi is he not the governor of Rivers? He would developed his own state. Atleast Tinubu his Oga did it in Lagos when OBJ refused his allocation. All APC are just irresponsible and can’t take responsibility.

  • Babatunde

    Nigerians have entered a one chance bus. Only the Lord Himself can deliver us. Go and collect your PVC. We have work to do come February 14, 2015. Happy valentine’s day in advance.

    • kudirat

      You now see you people are jokers, you better relocated to your Boko haram camp becos come february GEJ will still maintain his position as the president of this great nation.

      • tundemash

        atleast , let me not be scared to allow election to take place first.

        • kudirat

          Shameless APC e-rat tell your sponsor we want to hear him in the national debate, he should stop chicken out. Even if he can’t speak good English, the organisers will provide him with an interpreter.

          • tundemash

            cl0wn .. did u hear Dumbo in 2011 when he debated Dbanj instead ?
            A debate by NTA, FRCN & AIT is a debate ?

          • kudirat

            You contradict yourself somuch and I wonder the kind of brain you got that is if you got one. You’re still living in the past and the past will you remain with all your colleagues and e-rats.

          • tundemash

            f00l and u couldn’t point out the contradiction …. did Dumbo debate Dbanj in 2011 instead of his Presidential opponents or not ?

          • kudirat

            You are just an illiterate that was called to become a Buhari’s e-rat without proper training, you need a life and education or are you hoping on fake certificate like your sponsor? Nigeria is changing and come feb 14 after GEJ wins, you will return to your village without a pension, at least your sponsor is still better than you cos he would retire to his pension and cattles.

          • tundemash

            why are u ranting over a simple question ?
            DId Dumbo debate Dbanj in 2011 instead of his opponents or not ?/

          • kudirat

            He had an interview with Dbanj if you don’t know the difference between debate and an interview. Now am asking you my own question; was there issues of Boko Haram, Fake certificate and Tyrant mode of ruling then?

          • tundemash

            Numskull….. u are slowly coming to reality.
            1. DId Dumbo not refuse to debate his opponents in 2011 or not ?
            2. There were issues in 2011 that necessitated debate and there will always be issues at every Presidential election. Just prepare your cl0wn for Febuhari 14th. All excuses; age, health, certificate, ethnicity, religion brought to up in order to defer the election has been defeated.

          • kudirat

            Now I know you were a patient at the mad people home in Yaba, maybe fashola decided to release you just for the sake of the elections and will take you back after the elections that is why you are hoping your grand father will win so they can forget taking you back. But I have bad news for you, you better don’t get use to free life becos after february 14, you will return to your home together with all your fellow e-rats. Tell your MR Buhari to come for the debate if he is not afraid of facing the truth. GEJ till 2019.

          • tundemash

            yeah right ….. u saw me there when u came visiting your mother .. isn’t it. Apparently u ran out of any sensible thing to say.
            U can f00l yourself as much as u can.

          • kudirat

            The same way all your family are there. Well I pity for your future that is if you have one. Hope you have seen your sponsor and chief Boko haram sponsor for your allowance, he hasn’t come to power yet and he is wanting to jail TV stations that are saying the truth about him, what will then happen when he comes to power? Go back to your home and tell your sponsor to go back to his sponsors IRAN cos we know their agenda for nigeria but God will not give them the grace to achieve such.

          • tundemash

            yawn !!! Lamentations of a loser: part 1

          • kudirat

            You have just confirmed your state after the election on february. Forgot to advice you to use your drugs so you will not attack innocent citizens after GEJ is declared the winner on the 15th. Co’s your madness can get violent after the results are released.

          • tundemash

            yawn !!!
            Lamentations of a loser: part 2.
            Your mates are at the back of INEC building now sharing money paid them for their protests today.

          • kudirat

            You think people can be bought like you? You don’t even have a life, what can they use you for? Even the the e-rat job, you’re not effective in it. Well try and use your drugs so you can get better. Quick recovery.

          • tundemash

            yawn !!
            Lamentations of a sour loser: part 3 : AU asks Dumbo to declare his assets PUBLICLY !

  • HassanAbdullahi

    Very nauseating speech from my President. I wish you were not my President. Your campaign team has alot of home work to do cox I believe you have been very disabled and inarticulate in your presentation. Shame shame shame howmany times

    • kudirat

      Buhari’s e-rat what is the shame for a leader to take responsibility? Wouldn’t it be you same people that would criticise him asuming he concentrated solenmly on his people? He is a transparent leader and that what he will continually to be.

      • tundemash

        Illiterate ….. giving s1lly excuse and taking responsibility are two different things entirely .

        • kudirat

          Which one do you want to talk about? Is it your sponsor that can’t face his opponent in a debate or can not provide his WASC certificate. You people are shameful cos I don’t understand who should be labelled illiterate here APC e-rat.

      • Oweja

        With due respect, tell me the area/states where he has ‘concentrated’ ANYTHING.

        • kudirat

          All the northern nigeria. He has built school for them, provided easy access to fertiliser, all the whole geo-political zones have a federal university, he has constructed roads, light is more stable than any other administration, women have more representatives in government, rule of law is been obeyed etc. These are few of his achievements and I know you know only your mind is been corrupt with the peanut your pay masters are giving you. It is a pity.

          • Oweja

            I asked my question with due respect. Thank you for the insults. But think, would the insults help to shape my thinking? I used to be a GEJ sympathizer. I voted for him last time. Now I am disappointed in him, but that does not rule out the slim possibility of me still voting for him for some personal reasons. However some of you who claim to love him are really a problem for him because you challenge others who believe they have rights to question their ‘servant’ about certain actions of his to try another person if they dare. In my opinion what all GEJites are claiming as achievements are too token, some are very, very debatable, like when you say ‘light is more stable’ … and stuffs like that. You only celebrate a ruler who is able to go the extra mile, who is able to do more than the mere mundane matters. Even you kudirat, if given a chance can do these things enumerated above. They are not fantastic! Best regards, kudirat.

          • kudirat

            He is trying to build back the foundation of Nigeria which were almost destroyed by the criminals now in APC, he has to start from some where. If he was given a chance and not distracted with the Boko haram wahala, he would have done more. The desperate power hunters that have ruled for 35years, what have they done? Obasanjo what did he do? Now farmers have access to fertilisers. With all the money Obasanjo says he put into power did we see any difference till when GEJ came to power. Ride on GEJ till 2019.

    • fab

      Another hausa.pls get educated

  • mike

    This Amaechi is always insulting the president. How can he keep saying that Johnathan has not done anything for the south south, this is unacceptable blah blah blah.
    Now that the Phd holder has used his mouth to vindicate our political general (AMAECHI), what more do you knuckle heads have to say.
    Where are the pdp e-warriors? Una don hide? A phd holder who cannot express himself effective is useless.
    He forcibly took over a stadium he could not build for the state by ordering the military to take over the stadium. The same military that he cannot order to fight boko haram.
    See the way God disgraced him there by making him use his own mouth to prove Amaechi right.
    Anyway, I will not dwell much on the matter because God always disgraces people who try reap where the did not sow.

    • PureNigerian

      Do you think at all? Tell me what is an insult in what Amaechi said

      • djay

        I wonder

      • mike

        My brother, true, there is no insult in what Amachi said. But next time, try and read my comment well before replying. Cheers.

        • kudirat

          Buhari’s e-rats firing each other, that is the problem with you people you don’t listen before rushing to comment. Is this how you want to rule this country? This means one day you will openly start fighting each other for lack of understanding each other. Association of Past Criminals I hail thee.

    • kudirat

      A responsible leader will take responsibility no matter what and this is what the president has done. Will your so called sponsor Amaechi wait for someone else to help him develop his state? Was he denied state allocation abi is the allocation made for his personal spending? He is a governor that doesn’t believe in rule of law, how can he remove a chief judge of his state and put his own person, is that how him and his ogas tend to rule this nation? Only in his state that judicial workers have been on strike for close to 8months and he is not concern about it. He is a betrayal and after the northerners and Tinubu lead government finish using him, they will drop him. They can not trust a man that betrayed his own brother, who can’t he betray? Is it them? After February, he will come beging and giving different reasons for betraying his brother, I know my loving and good hearted GEJ will forgive him but it has already been in record that he betrayed his brother.

      • mike

        Kudirat, you must first of all get yourself adequately informed before you venture out of your cocoon to make comments on social media.
        Now to school you a little, Amaechi did not remove any chief judge to put his own person, rather he appointed a chief judge to take over after the former chief judge had served out his tenure. The NCJ and Wike conniving with the presidency are trying to impose a chief judge on Amaechi and Amaechi says no because it is his constitutional right to appoint a chief judge.
        Now talking about Federal allocation, do know how much of the state money has been slashed by the presidency? That is the reason why oil wells belonging to Rivers State have been ceded to Bayelsa and other states.
        Development is sustained by finance and that the reason Oga Jona done everything in his presidential powers to ensure that Rivers State is starved of funds. You see how they try to give Ameachi a bad name, just, so that they can slay him? But God in his infinite mercies has continued to guide and Protect Amaechi. That is why the pdp government is committing blunders all over the place. They shall continue to blunder until they are voted out power come Febuhari 14, 2015.
        APC! CHANGE!!!

        • kudirat

          I can see the level of information you got, I work with the judiciary so you can tell me what happens there. So the allocation meant for the state is not enough to develop the state. You are just been sentimental with the truth but Nigerians know the truth. Instead of him to be responsible and take charge his pushing blames on people, this is not how a responsible government should react to issues in his state. Instead his sponsoring APC campaigns hoping to be compensiated but he is a joker becos he will be dissapointed.

          • mike

            Kudirat, since you call yourself a judiciary why don’t you ask your clueless president to use force as usual and appoint a chief judge in Rivers State.
            Amaechi has done a lot in Rivers State. He would been able to do more if your president and his illiterate wife had not been fighting tooth and nail to use impunity and illegal means to remove him from office.
            They have failed and they will Continue to fail in Rivers State.
            Again it is not Amaechi making excuses here but your president making empty promises and excuses as usual.

          • kudirat

            Am not a judiciary, I am a judicial staff for your notice. Well I don’t expect anything more from a child of someone that has no WASC certificate. Well your governor and pay master is a deceit to his people and should hide himself in shame. What of other state governors that don’t have half of what your governor collects that are developing their states? GEJ is a man that believes in the rule of law and due process, he can not force anyone to occupy an office when there is the right process of handling such, unlike your forceful illiterate presidential candidates.

  • samuel

    The facts still remains that GEJ can never plaes anybody, if he had concentrated on the Niger delta, people will start complaining. He left his own how to develop others, people are still complaining. He inherited a rotten country and has developed all the sctors atl once. The north and obasanjo putted us in this position that jonathan is try to redem us from. Ride on Mr president and continue in your good work. Vote GEJ

  • jessica nma

    GEJ has do a lot for Nigeria, let’s join our hands together to vote for him. GEJ 2015

  • anneedu

    Goodluck till 2019

  • jessica nma

    The award of new second Niger bridge. Vote GEJ he is trying. PDP 2015

  • jessica nma

    Let’s talk about many things goodluck has done for us, the are many. Let’s for GEJ 2015

  • jessica nma

    (1) the construction of new or rehabilitation of railway. GEJ 2015

  • Yusuf

    you should list your projects first before you talk of concentration

  • Dunamis

    If he concentrates on his ppl, den he is practising nepotism, if he doesn’t then it’s negligence. The truth remain GEJ’s administration is a transparent administration, GEJ till 2019

  • jack

    GEJ all the way!!!

  • Frank Bassey

    I thought strong Amaechi would stop PDP from using the stadium. That shows that all these noise-making amounts to empty bragging that must be deflated come February 14.

    • kudirat

      Amaechi no reach my brother, his an empty barrel that makes the loadest noise. I wonder what his excuse is for not carrying his threat, he would have ended up in kirikiri, mumu betrayal like him. He should ask his sponsors if they can betray their own brother no matter what, he is a shameless APC house boy.

  • kudirat

    A man who said, only last year, that ”an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north”? A man who said, in 2001, that he wants to ”spread sharia throughout the federation”? A man who said, in 2001, that muslims should only vote for muslims”? A man who said, in 2001, that ”why should christians be concerned when muslims cut off their limbs under sharia”?. A man who said, in 2001, that ”after all the limbs that are being cut off are muslim ones and not christian so why should the christians bother about it”?

    This is the man that some Nigerians are clamouring for to be their President? May God open their eyes and protect them from themselves. May He grant them wisdom and discernment.”

    • mike

      You can rant all you like but be informed that your attacks on the person of Buhari is not working any more. We have heard all that before so come out with something new if you want to win election.
      SAI! DAKUKU!!
      SAI! BUHARI!!!
      APC! CHANGE!!!

      • kudirat

        Change to illiteracy? God forbid. Did you watch the campaign of your presidential candidate in lagos? He talked about building schools, how can he build what he has never had. He should go ahead with his fake certificate and govern only your house hold.

      • kudirat

        Blinded buhari’s e-rat without a direction and future, get a life cos this one you’re living is no life.

  • ignatusamson

    Amechi is still small…not even buhari can PDP from using the stadium…he is the commander in chief…..them no reach

  • bib

    No Mr President. That is the biggest proof that you did not do anything in any region. The people of other regions thought you were concentrating the projects in your south south region, that was why they were seeing nothing! Now they no better. You were satisfied enriching your IJAW criminals instead.