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Thursday, 28 November 2013 20:29

Governor Amaechi on President Jonathan After leaving PDP to APC

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Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers State governor gave the reason why he decamped from his party -  Peoples Democratic Partty (PDP) and joined All Progressives Congress (APC) with four governors from northern Nigeria.

His words:

“The President and I have no personal quarrel, it’s important we put that in perspective. All the issues were issues that affect Rivers people, were issues that affect Nigerians and I am a Nigerian, I have to address those issues...he is my President and I respect him. I respect his office, respect him as a person, respect the fact that he is older but then as an elected governor of Rivers State, I have the responsibility to lead Rivers State.


“Rivers State must know that for me to have taken that decision, I had looked at the general interests of Rivers people. I was not elected to lead Nigeria, I was elected to lead Rivers State and I have looked at the interests of Rivers people and have seen that these interests were not protected in PDP. I have seen the fact that we are losing our oil wells in Etche, in the Kalabari areas and that the more they continue to pilfer these oil wells, the more we will continue to lose our wealth.


“If you look at what is going on, the Federal Government is not able to fund the states anymore. They say oil theft but oil theft is not enough reason for which we cannot fund ourselves.


“The governors met on Monday and decided that we must meet with the APC leadership and when we met with the APC leadership, it was important we took a position and the position we took is for the good of our democracy and to ensure that Nigeria moves forward. We can’t continue the way we are. The picture painted by the PDP was as if we were begging to come back to PDP and issues were not being looked into, issues were not being resolved and it’s important that we resolve it one way or the other.”

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