THE Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said that contrary to the belief by the Peoples Democratic Party, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, did not betray former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The State APC explained that it was Jonathan that betrayed Amaechi when he (Amaechi) was the governor of Rivers State, adding that the minister has no disagreement with Jonathan on personal issues.
State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, who was reacting to a statement credited to the leadership of the PDP in the state dismissed the claim that Amaechi betrayed the Niger Delta people and the former President.
Finebone pointed out that the former President betrayed Amaechi through the state of the East-West Road during his (Jonathan) tenure.
“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known to all that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as governor of Rivers State never had differences with former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan over personal matters.
“Whether on the vexed issue of NLNG Train 7, which the former President refused to approve or the matter of Soku Oil Wells and others that were taken and handed to Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Abia States and many other touchy issues, Amaechi was only driven by the oath of office he took to protect lives and property of Rivers people as governor. No more!
If really the issue is about betrayal, it was indeed former President Goodluck Jonathan that betrayed Amaechi, Rivers people and Niger Deltans.
“His betrayal is typified by the state of the East West Road during his administration, the Bomu-Bonny Road, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Soku Oil Wells, refusal to refund N105bn spent on Federal Roads by the Rivers State Government and many other issues too numerous to be listed here,” he added.
Finebone also disagreed with the state PDP on the claim that the minister had a political ambition for 2019.
He said, “Rt. Hon. Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi does not harbour nor has he told anyone that he is nursing any political ambition come 2019. That is not how the Minister is wired politically.”