Why I disagreed with President Jonathan: Gov Amaechi

By The Rainbow

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State on Monday said that his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan emanated from his refusal to repay over N105 billion spent by the state government on the repairs of federal roads in the state.

Amaechi said that the situation was accentuated by unsolicited intervention of First Lady Patience Jonathan.

Speaking in Abuja after the presentation of a documentary titled: Dynamic of Change, which chronicled the achievements of his administration in the last eight years, AmaechiĀ said that the money has not been repaid up till now.

According to Amaechi, his quarrel with President Jonathan escalated following the unnecessary interference of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in the affairs of Rivers State.

The rivers governor, who have offered different reasons for brash relationship with the president said his resistance to the unsolicited actions of Mrs. Jonathan whom he accused of unleashing Police, military and other security agencies on the state to achieve her aim, fueled their disagreement.

Amaechi expressed gratitude to God for seeing him through his tenure as the governor of the state despite many efforts to remove him from office.

On his achievements in the state, the governor stated that the projects were executed in an attempt to bequeath people-oriented legacies to the people of the state, adding that he engaged 13, 200 of the 91,000 teachers required to boost education in state.

He, however, hinted that the state's financial earnings from oil proceeds which used to be N20 billion had reduced to N6 billion due to the dwindling oil prices.

The occasion attracted the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na'Abba, his former deputy, Chibudom Nwuche, Senator Magnus Abe and other officials of Rivers State Government.

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