Tuesday 23 May 2017

APC lists reasons Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency was “a total disaster”

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has agreed with a statement credited to the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson that the six years of former President, Goodluck Jonathan was a total waste for Niger Delta people.

The party submitted various reasons why “Jonathan’s Presidency was similarly a total disaster for Rivers State and her people.”

This was part of a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by the State Chairman of the party, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

The statement reads in part, “Rivers APC aligned itself also with the historical statement credited to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa – the home State of former President Jonathan – that his six years in Aso Rock was a waste for the Ijaw Nation.

“The party declared that Jonathan’s Presidency was similarly a total disaster for the Rivers State and her people for the following reasons: Jonathan failed to muster the courage and political will in a PDP-controlled National Assembly to see to the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the over six years of his administration to demonstrate his hatred for the Niger Delta region, knowing that communities in Rivers State will benefit from the bill.

“The East/West Road, especially Eleme-Onne axis in Rivers State, was abandoned and became a nightmare to travellers. He refused to refund to the State Government over 110 billion naira used in the dualisation of Ikwerre-Owerri Road approved by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and other Federal Roads in the State executed by the State to ease the sufferings of the people of Rivers State.

“He wickedly stopped the Train 7 at NLNG Bonny, resulting in the loss of jobs to Rivers people and revenue to the State Government.

“Refused to implement the UNEP Report on the clean-up of Ogoni land despite all the pleas by our people and the International Community – just to punish the Ogonis and “Rivers State irrespective of their overwhelming support for him during the 2011 elections. Jonathan duly acknowledged that he has no project to point as was executed by his administration for the six years he was Abuja as President.

“Most wickedly, he ceded oil wells belonging to Rivers to Bayelsa and Abia states to ensure that the revenue accruing to the State is reduced to nothing.

“Abandoned construction of the Port Harcourt International Airport after completing other airports started at the same time with it.

“The airport was described as the worst sixth Airports in the world during Jonathan’s administration.

“Posting and encouraging the excesses of the tyrannical Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu during his inglorious days in the State.

“Supporting every imaginable act of impunity in the State, including the plot by five State Assembly members to impeach the Speaker in a House of 31 members.

“Seizing and grounding the planes of the State for no just cause.

“Harassing and intimidating the duly elected Governor of Rivers State then for no just cause and even supporting the splitting of the Governors’ Forum into two just to ensure that former Governor Amaechi, who was duly elected by his colleagues, did not have an easy reign as the Chairman of the Forum.

“Though what Rivers State suffered in the hands of Jonathan is so enormous we hand over his case and that of Wike to God to handle.”

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