Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has been told not to bother about the South-South as the region will vote massively for him and all the other candidates of the party in the forthcoming general elections.
Rivers State chapter of the party gave the assurance in a statement in which it congratulated Buhari on his successful South-South Rally held in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt, on Thursday.
“There is nothing to compare between Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan when it comes to caring for the welfare of the people of the South-South. While President Jonathan has confessed that he deliberately refused to develop Rivers State and the entire of South-South, Buhari built one of the refineries in South-South and constructed the only road that links Bayelsa with Rivers State.
“This shows that if he is given another opportunity, he will develop the South-South more than President Jonathan, who has refused to develop the region and therefore does not deserve the people’s vote.
“The people of the South-South will indeed vote massively for Buhari and other APC candidates for the various elections on March 28 and April 11,” Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said in the statement.
He commended Buhari for promising to fight corruption frontally upon assuming office as Nigeria’s next president.
“The party agrees with Buhari that if we don’t fight corruption, corruption will kill us as a nation. We are privileged to have Buhari as our presidential candidate; he is the bullet we have to fight corruption and by 29th, March, 2015 when General Buhari would have being announced as the President elect of Nigeria, corruption will be reduced by 80 percent,” Ikanya stated.
The Rivers APC Chairman dismissed President Jonathan as an unmitigated failure, saying: “His clueless administration has run our economy aground. Our naira is so devalued and the economy in such shambles that allowing Jonathan to stay in office a day longer will spell doomed for our beleaguered country.”
Ikanya noted that under the watch of President Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has continued to bomb, maim, kill and destroy anything that is APC.
According to him, “Over 40 of our members have been killed. Our secretariats are bombed and destroyed. Our lives are on the line just because of election.
“Dame Judith Amaechi, the wife of the Governor of Rivers State and Director General of the APC Campaign Organisation, was attacked few days ago while campaigning, by the PDP hoodlums. Chidi Adi Amaechi, the younger brother of Governor Amaechi, a student of Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State, was attacked brutally and his life is on the line just because of election.
“Our campaign Directors, Ade Sam Wobo and Emmanuel Chinda, were all attacked and only escaped death by the grace of God. Is that the type of leadership that we want for South-South and Nigeria as a whole? PDP hates our region and we will surely punish them with our votes and with the eradication of cloned cards through the use of Smart Card Reader by INEC, PDP will surely be buried come March, 28th, 2015 to save our nation from the hands of vicious and clueless leadership.”
In another development, in an interactive town hall session with the non-indigenes in Rivers State, Buhari was assured that “with the threat by Chief Wike to send us out from Rivers State and close down our business outfits and stop all the good things, Amaechi has done to us, voting for PDP in the South-South means voting and preparing our coffins for our burial as a group.”
“This is the time to thank and appreciate Amaechi for identifying with our aspirations and well-being by appointing one of us, Barr Chuma Chinye into the State Executive Council as the Commissioner of Commerce and Industries, Ade Adeogun as the Executive Chairman of Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority, David Iyofor as the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Chief Eze C Eze and our other members into some sensitive positions in the State.
“Offering of scholarships to our children and ensuring that our children pay the same fees with indigenes in all the schools in the state. It will be act of wickedness if we fail to vote for APC and with Dr Dakuku Peterside who has assured us that he will improve on most of the things Amaechi has done for us as our flag-bearer, beating PDP with a visionless leader like Chief Wike is not a big task to us.